Cultural Gifts Scheme and Acceptance in Lieu Annual Report

In the past year the government’s Cultural Gifts and Acceptance in Lieu schemes have accepted 42 cases worth £27 million for the nation, as highlighted in the annual report published this month.

From Arts Council England:

The Cultural Gifts Scheme is steadily becoming an important part of the UK’s cultural philanthropic landscape. Since the Scheme’s introduction in 2013, just under 40 cultural gifts have been accepted, which have resulted in nearly £16 million-worth of important cultural property being brought into UK public collections. 2017/18 saw a typically diverse range of cultural gifts accepted for public collections including:

  • A striking portrait believed to be of Italian strongman and adventurer, ‘The Great Belzoni’, who became one of the giants of 19th-century Egyptian archaeology
  • Contemporary works by Young British Artists including Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst and Peter Blake from the collection of Frank & Lorna Dunphy
  • Five works by the Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger that have been allocated to galleries in England and Scotland

Acceptance in Lieu continues to play a vital role in enriching the UK’s public collections. Highlights from 2017/18 include a masterpiece by one of the leading Dutch Golden Age painters, Jacob van Ruisdael; two portraits by one of Britain’s greatest painters of the 20th century, Lucian Freud; important material from the collection of award-winning film-maker Lord Attenborough; and the archive of the poet and literary critic Robert Bridges which includes the correspondence and literary manuscripts of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.

For more information and to read the report visit the ACE website.