£30k boost awarded to gallery partners

Gallery boost: The Harris in Preston has received some money to buy contemporary artwork
Gallery boost: The Harris in Preston has received some money to buy contemporary artwork
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A popular Preston gallery has received a cash boost.

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston has won £30,000 of funding in partnership with Peter Scott Gallery in Lancaster to buy contemporary artwork

The venues are working in partnership and have been announced as one of the winners of a new Testing Media initiative, which enables institutions across the country to acquire contemporary artworks in new or challenging media for their collections.

Testing Media is a new fund for the 65 museums that participate in the Contemporary Art Society’s Acquisition Scheme and is administered by the Contemporary Art Society and the Art Fund.

Alex Walker, head of arts and heritage, at Preston Council said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Peter Scott Gallery and to have the support of CAS and The Art Fund on this project.

“It’s vital that we acquire contemporary work to ensure that our collections reflect the developments in art taking place now so that they tell the story of contemporary art for our visitors of the future.”

The project has been designed to support the acquisition of significant works of contemporary art lying outside the traditional boundaries of fine art, for example, performance art, live art, works using new digital technologies, and works encompassing materials that present particular challenges relating to display and storage.

The fund will also develop the curatorial and conservation expertise of the successful museums and will encourage the creation of case studies and best practice guidelines for the benefit of museums and galleries throughout the UK.