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Decade - Paisley Museum and Art Gallery

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January - March 2010

Photo: Paisley Museum, Renfrewshire Council

Decade showcases an eclectic collection of contemporary artworks acquired by Paisley Museum over the past 10 years.

Many of these works were purchased through the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland in its first phase (2003-2006). Paisley Museum is one of seven Scottish museums or galleries that continue to be enabled through the scheme to purchase cutting-edge contemporary art by home-grown and international artists. Because of the Museum’s important collections of Paisley shawls and ceramics, the art collected through the scheme has a strong relationship to craft and calls into question the traditional divide between 'fine' and 'decorative' art.

Photo: Paisley Museum, Renfrewshire Council

Further works included here have been donated, or their acquisition supported by The Art Fund and The National Fund for Acquisitions. With this vital range of support, Paisley has been able to collect art from the latter part of the twentieth century by artists that have been insufficiently represented in the permanent collection, or not at all. Renfrewshire continues to build on its collections, ensuring their relevance to contemporary society. Scottish artists are recognised internationally; Decade presents some of the best in the company of their international peers.

Download a list of works included here

Click here for a review of Decade (Moira Jeffrey, The Scotsman, 19 January 2010)

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