Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, has launched its annual poll to name the nations favourite acquisition of the year. Voters are invited to choose from a shortlist of 10 works of art that Art Fund helped UK museums and galleries to buy in 2018:
Kehinde Wiley, Ship of Fools (2017), Royal Museums Greenwich
Unknown maker, Anglo-Saxon pendant (650-700), Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Leonora Carrington, Portrait of Max Ernst (c1939), National Galleries of Scotland
Lubaina Himid, Toussaint LOuverture (1987), Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)
Grayson Perry, Posh Art (1992), Victoria Art Gallery
Eric Ravilious, Beachy Head (1939), Towner Art Gallery
Unknown artist, Am Not I a Man and a Brother (c1800), International Slavery Museum
Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c1616), National Gallery
John Bellany, The Boatbuilders (1962), Scottish Maritime Museum
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Earth (2010), Wolverhampton Art Gallery
The poll opened Tuesday 4 December and runs until Saturday 15 December. The winner will be announced Tuesday 18 December. All those who vote will be entered into a free prize draw, with the chance of winning a lifetime National Art Pass worth £1,850. Anyone is eligible to vote in the poll which can be accessed here
The shortlisted works encompass painting, sculpture and treasure. Their combined value is £5.2m. All of these works of art and objects joined public collections in the past year, and Art Fund contributed over £800,000 towards their acquisition, including the cost of conserving Artemisia Gentileschis Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
Previous winners of Art Fund Work of the Year include: Sir Edwin Landseer, The Monarch of the Glen (c.1851), National Galleries Scotland in 2017 and Unknown artist, The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I (1588), Royal Museums Greenwich in 2016.