Own Art’s 10th anniversary: be part of the celebration, own some art!

Download a free artwork by Jeremy Deller marking ten years of helping over 30,000 people to see, buy and collect contemporary arts and craft.

To celebrate reaching ten years of helping more people to see, buy and collect contemporary arts and craft, Own Art is teaming up with Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller to produce an exclusive celebratory commission – and anyone can own a piece of this artwork, for free!

Operated by Creative United on behalf of Arts Council England and in partnership with Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Own Art scheme has achieved the following, since its inception in 2004:

    • over 30,000 people have used the scheme to purchase a work of art

 

  • sales have totalled in excess of £25 million

 

 

  • it’s estimated that over £15 million of this is direct income for artists

 

 

  • 99% of customers say they would consider taking out another Own Art loan

 

 

  • more than 80% of customers say the scheme has enabled them to buy a more expensive piece of work than they had originally thought possible

Jeremy Deller: free art download

Jeremy Deller will create a new digital animation for Own Art’s tenth anniversary. Based on his work from the Venice Biennale 2013, the animation will be split into 10,000 stills and be available to download online as unique individual works of art. Everyone who does so becomes part of a global Own Art Collective, showing that anyone can be an art collector. Jeremy Deller’s artwork will be available for download from Monday 7th July 2014.

On Saturday 19th July, the grand reveal of Deller’s final animation will premiere simultaneously on screens across Westfield London and Westfield Stratford.

More about Own Art

Own Art is an Arts Council initiative that makes buying contemporary art and craft easy and affordable by letting individuals spread the cost of their purchase over 10 months with the benefit of an interest free loan. As part of the tenth anniversary celebrations, Own Art customers will now be able to borrow anything from £100 to £2,500 (previously £2,000). The loan can also be used as a part-payment on higher value items, helping to promote more ambitious buying.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:

‘Ten years on from its launch, not only does Own Art make art affordable to those who otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to own an original piece of work, but it continues to benefit artists and member galleries throughout the country.’

Further information

Find out more about Own Art, and follow the scheme on Twitter.

Visit Jeremy Deller’s website and Twitter.

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