As part of Arts Council England’s newly announced National Portfolio, Stanley Picker Gallery is to receive a significant increase in its public funding over the three year period commencing April 2015.
The new investment of £80,000 per annum marks a 55% increase in Arts Council England’s support, and a major endorsement of the Stanley Picker Gallery’s programme of innovative new commissions across the fields of art and design. The Arts Council England uplift is to be matched by further funds from the Stanley Picker Trust with the aim of increasing the reach and engagement of the Gallery’s programme, whilst a new partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation will support the development of an exciting new programme of digital co-commissions.
Stanley Picker Gallery Director David Falkner says of the news:
“We are thrilled that the Stanley Picker Gallery here at Kingston University has been given such huge vote of confidence from Arts Council England in challenging times, by increasing its support of the valuable work we do bringing cutting-edge arts practice to the outer edges of Greater London. We have worked hard for many years to support contemporary artists and designers, at crucial stages of their careers, to make ambitious new work that is first premiered here at the Gallery before going on to be seen by audiences far beyond Kingston. This increased funding will mark a major shift in our organisation, allowing us to be even more ambitious with our future programme both onsite, offsite and online, with the Stanley Picker Trust also generously increasing their support for the work we do, and as we initiate an exciting new collaboration with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation to further expand our work into the digital sphere.”
Originally shown at the venue in Kingston upon Thames, the Stanley Picker Gallery’s commissions have been seen by audiences nationally and internationally, the past year alone witnessing Stanley Picker Fellowship commissions by Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price, designer Marloes ten Bhömer and artist Andy Holden presented to audiences at Whitechapel Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum and Spike Island Bristol. Current Fine Art Fellow Laura Oldfield Ford recently exhibited at Tate Britain in the highly acclaimed Ruin Lust, whilst Design Fellow Fabien Cappello is currently showing in Useful & Beautiful at the Geffrye Museum, London.
The Stanley Picker Gallery also receives dedicated funding from Kingston University itself to deliver an extensive programme of Participation activities with schools and other partner organisations in the local area, to engage local residents, children and young people in its broad programme of exhibitions and events.