At its meeting of 21st August the Friends Committee agreed to a request from Julie Milne, Curator at Tyne and Wear Museums (TWAM) for funding to purchase an item of artwork by Kate Liston. This followed her exhibition at the Hatton Gallery from February to May 2018.
Kate Liston’s installation at the Hatton was the first in a series of annual commissions inspired by the history, collection, architecture and archive of the gallery, in this case responding directly to a work in the collection by Ella Bergmann-Michel.
In a letter to the committee Julie wrote “A key part of the Hatton’s collecting policy is to acquire works by artists we have exhibited, and this is especially pertinent in the case of site-specific commissions made for the Hatton, wherein the gallery is the context for which the work was produced and in which it belongs.
“In the case of Kate Liston’s exhibition, there is one sculpture, Charm (Feel After the New See), 2018 which would be especially suitable to acquire for the Hatton collection. In fact, it’s illusion of shadow and perspective ties into a particular strength of the collection, so much so that it will be included in the forthcoming exhibition Louisa Hodgson: A New Perspective.
“The artist – a graduate of the Royal College of Art, whose work has been exhibited internationally – has kindly offered this work, along with archival material, to the Hatton at a significantly discounted price of £500. Both myself and the Keeper of Art Madeleine Kennedy are keenly in support of this acquisition, which meets the criteria of the Hatton’s collecting policy”.
In line with the Friends constitution the committee were pleased to agree to the full funding of £500.