Katie Bruce, producer curator at Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, with a Glimmer series of drawings in Jacqueline Donachie’s solo show, Deep in the Heart of Your Brain (2016) © Elaine Livingstone
Glasgow Museums announce 14 recent acquisitions for the city’s fine art collection which include sculpture, video, painting and works on paper by local and international female artists.
These include: Sara Barker, Kate Charlesworth, Michelle Hannah, Sharon Hayes, Winnie Herbstein, Mandy McIntosh and the Feegie Needlers, Carol Rhodes, Kate V Robertson, Anne Robinson, Siân Robinson Davies and Camara Taylor.
Acquired as part of a significant strand of Glasgow Museums collecting approach, developed in 2015 to address gender inequality, these works make an unequivocal statement about the value and quality of work by contemporary women and non-binary artists.
The new acquisitions increase the number of works by women in the Glasgow Museums’ fine art collection, which already includes internationally renowned artists Karla Black, Christine Borland Anne Collier, Jacqueline Donachie, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Victoria Morton, Charlotte Prodger and Hito Steyerl.
These recent acquisitions have been made possible through the support of a number of grant funders and organisations supporting the development of public collections. Of particular importance is acquisition of the capsule collection of work by Carol Rhodes (1959 -2018) which includes the painting Land Levels and Rises. Although Rhodes was one of the most respected and admired painters in Scotland, her work was until now not represented in the civic collection of Glasgow, the city where she lived and worked. The acquisition of this painting, and a subsequent generous gift of a framed drawing and three prints, acknowledge her contribution to visual art in the city and her standing as a key British painter of the late 20th and early 21st century.
Speaking about the acquisitions, SCAN member and GoMA Curator Katie Bruce said: “Glasgow Museums’ collection is widely recognised as one of the finest civic collections in Europe and the city has had a longstanding commitment to the purchase of fine art for the collection. I am delighted that this recent pertinent selection of work by female artists has been acquired to add to the contemporary art collection in the city.
“These latest acquisitions represent a legacy of the conversations developed through the 2015-16 exhibition Ripples on the Pond, recently discussed as a case study for Scottish Contemporary Art Network’ s Art in Action campaign. Ripples on the Pond was an exhibition of work exclusively by women, with a programme of associated activity such as events and screenings to support the work of women artists in Glasgow. It provoked a discussion on gender inequality in Glasgow Museums’ collection and how that could be addressed through future acquisitions.”