Art-felt gesture for Glasgow galleries

  • 4 September 2007

A collection of contemporary art is to go on public display in Glasgow after BBC Scotland donated its collection to the city council’s museums service.

Consisting of more than 100 works, mainly from the 1980s, the collection includes contributions from Peter Howson and Alison Watt and is valued at around £100,000.

The donation was made as part of BBC Scotland’s move from Queen Margaret Drive to Pacific Quay, which, according to controller Ken MacQuarrie, will ensure the works stay together.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Robert Winter said: “This is fantastic news for Glasgow. There are some very high profile names among the works such as Ken Currie, Peter Howson, Will MacLean, Elspeth Lamb and Alison Watt and all of the pictures represent a poignant snapshot of artists’ work from the 1980s.

“They will provide a wonderful addition to our existing collection and I am sure it will be enjoyed by all our visitors for many years to come.”

The pictures will go on display at the Gallery of Modern Art in December.

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