London art dealers Ivor Braka and Thomas Dane have made a gift including major works to The Whitworth, in Manchester, United Kingdom with the intention to encourage more dealers and collectors to give outside London.
The gift includes major works by Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Rebecca Warren, Michael Landy and Anya Gallaccio. The gift responds to strengths in the Whitworth’s existing historic and contemporary collections. A large-scale appliquéd blanket by Tracey Emin, for example, will complement the Whitworth’s world-class holdings of fine art and textiles, which includes tapestries by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. The donation will also strengthen the gallery’s representation of contemporary British female artists by adding Rebecca Warren’s 2006 Turner Prize nominated installation Sylvesternacht as well as a significant Anya Gallaccio sculpture that will sit alongside a major new commission by the artist, to be realised in Manchester in Spring 2016.
Maria Balshaw commented: ‘We are thrilled by this important gift. Acquiring major works by contemporary artists is perhaps the biggest challenge facing UK public collections today and it is where collectors can offer the greatest help to galleries.”