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Here and Now - McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

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February 2010 onwards

Here and Now
Photo: Dundee Art Galleries and Museums (Dundee City Council)

Here and Now presents selected works, all purchased through the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland. The NCSS was established in 2003, by the Scottish Arts Council and The Contemporary Art Society, to encourage Scottish museums to purchase challenging visual art and craft and to support curatorial research and travel.

The result is a growing 'linked' collection of contemporary art located in museums throughout Scotland. The 6 original partners - Aberdeen Art Gallery; City Art Centre, Edinburgh; The Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow; The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum; Pier Art Centre, Orkney; and Paisley Art Galleries and Museums - have recently been joined by GOMA, Glasgow.

Here and Now
Photo: Dundee Art Galleries and Museums (Dundee City Council)

Each NCSS partner acquires work within an agreed written policy. Dundee's policy 'On reflection' encompassed both fine art and craft for the first three years of the Scheme. More recently we have focussed solely on fine art, collecting work that is reflective of contemporary trends within current art practice.

Dundee Art Galleries and Museums have always supported living artists by exhibiting and buying contemporary work. The result is a strong and varied collection dominated by paintings by Scottish artists - seen in Consider the Lilies and the Victoria Gallery. Our challenge has been how to develop this collection for the future. We have chosen to purchase work with a more significant international dimension - that also reflects key strengths of the City's permanent collection.

Alex Hartley's Solitary Life references Dundee's arctic whaling history and the acquisition of work by Wolfgang Tillmans adds to the City's significant fine art photography collection. Monologue (Black) 4 by Callum Innes further enhances the City's small but strong collection of abstract paintings. Our most recent acquisition of collages by John Stezaker references the surreal undertones of much earlier work by Alexander Allan and James Cowie.

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