The UK’s Acceptance In Lieu scheme has helped to secure a wide number of truly exceptional works of art into public collections in the last year, according to the Arts Council’s Annual Report.
The taxpayer is given the full open market value of the item, which then becomes the property of a public museum, archive or library.
The works of art secured for the nation under the scheme include:
“I am delighted that in the past year thanks to Acceptance in Lieu and the Cultural Gifts Scheme so many important and wide ranging masterpieces have entered public collections across the UK,” commented Edward Harley, Chairman Acceptance in Lieu Panel. “New acquisitions are the life blood of collections and these schemes provide a vital mechanism through which public museums can acquire outstanding works of art at no cost to themselves.”
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