- Last Updated on Sunday, 11 November 2012 00:34
Arts Council England's Own Art scheme is inviting applications from galleries based in England that would like to apply for membership. The closing date is 26 April 2010.
Own Art is designed to make it easy and affordable for everyone to buy original, high quality contemporary art and craft. Customers can borrow up to GBP 2,000, or as little as GBP 100, to be paid back in equal instalments over a period of 10 months -- interest free.
The scheme is available through selected galleries across England specialising in the sale of contemporary art and craft. To be eligible for membership, galleries must have been trading for a minimum of 12 months, hold (or be willing to apply for) a Consumer Credit Licence and operate a UK bank account capable of accepting payment by BACS.
Membership of the scheme is also open to art colleges and universities in England, for the promotion and sale of work by graduates at their degree shows and to other appropriate establishments such as artist co-operatives and studio groups.
The application period to become a member of the scheme is now open. The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 26 April 2010.
To apply for membership of the Own Art scheme the gallery must be based in England.
The Own Art website www.ownart.org.uk offers details of how to apply.
Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts, says it wants the arts to be at the heart of English national life. Providing interest free loans is one of the ways that people throughout England are encouraged to experience and enjoy art of the highest quality.
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