Working in an art gallery means that art is obviously a big part of our lives and we enjoy being surrounding by it every day. We recognise however that for many people collecting art can be challenging, not least due to financial barriers.
That’s why we’re delighted to be members of Own Art, a scheme funded by Arts Council England which provides interest free loans for the purchase of contemporary art. Own Art is operated by Creative United, a community interest company which exists to support the creative sector with a range of innovative financial products.
Own Art makes buying art easy and affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan. With hundreds of original works of art to choose from, why not start a collection of your own today from as little as £10 per month?
To help explain the scheme, here are our answers to some of the questions we are most frequently asked:
What can I buy?
Own Art loans are available in our gallery for the purchase of contemporary art and craft of any kind, and in any media.
That means you can choose more or less anything you want from paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture, to glassware, ceramics, jewellery and textiles.
How much can I borrow?
Own Art loans allow you to borrow from as little as £100 up to a maximum of £2,500 for the purchase of works of art by living artists.
How do I apply?
The first stage is the difficult bit – deciding what to buy! If you’re a first time buyer our friendly and informed team ensure that buying art doesn’t need to be a daunting experience. If something has caught your eye, we can give you more information about the artist, what inspired them and how they created the work. Knowing more about how and why the work has been made will develop your understanding of the artist, and maybe make you love it all the more.
After you’ve chosen your art work our staff in the gallery will take you through the loan application process, which normally takes about 10 minutes. Once you’ve given all the information they need, you’ll get an instant decision.
Pop into our Ealing Gallery where the team will be able to talk you through the scheme and help with any other questions you might have.
We believe owning art does not have to be a daunting process. The Own Art scheme, being a trustworthy and reliable alternative method of collecting, can turn anyone from a ‘window shopper’ to an excited owner of a collectible loved piece of original artwork.
Happy art hunting!