Artist Collections

Collections representing individual artist's careers offer great potential for research and as such the School of Art Museum has focussed heavily on this aspect of its Acquisition Policy in order to assemble collections of prints, drawings, photographs, and other works on paper, considered to be significant in an artist's development.  Archive material, press reviews, diaries, and correspondence are also acquired to complement these Collections.  The Museum actively seeks to acquire such collections with the generous co-operation of the artists or their families.  While there have been numerous gifts associated with the formation of our Artist Collections, most of the collections have been acquired with the generous support of the V&A/MLA Purchase Grant Fund and The Art Fund.

The teaching and research potential has been the primary consideration in the acquisition of all artist collections. It is another example of the policy to develop collections of national importance, a valuable resource for future generations of students and scholars.