This unique exhibition includes pieces by world class artists such as Michael Craig-Martin, Anish Kapoor, Robyn Denny; Young British Artists of the 1990’s Jenny Saville, Tracey Emin and Jake Chapman; along with work by contemporary artists, Sarah Maple, Sara Pope, David Shrigley; together with local artists David Fletcher and Kevin Atherton.
The lsle of Man Art Council Loan Collection was established in 1993 by local artist and teacher David Fletcher. In later life he described the collection as one of his greatest achievements. He was its curator and, together with his wife fellow artist Eileen Schaer, they toured the UK and further afield to purchase prints, paintings and photographs. Buying the work for educational purposes helped David and Eileen negotiate good prices with galleries as they acquired work by artists such as Anthony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Picasso, Joseph Albers, Elizabeth Frink and David Hockney, as well as Manx artists Bryan Kneale, Michael Sandle and Chris Killip. The Collection comprises more than 300 works, which are divided into small groups and loaned to schools, libraries, hospitals, prison and public buildings.
Image credit: Sara Pope ‘Decadence (Dark Red).