Lakeland Arts received a sculpture created by a leading figure in the international art scene.
Moon Form by Dame Barbara Hepworth was acquired for the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu program, which is administered by the Arts Council and awarded to Lakeland Arts.
The work has been on long-term loan to Abbot Hall in Kendal since it was the centerpiece of the 2014 exhibition Barbara Hepworth: Into the Landscape.
It is now a permanent part of the Lakeland Arts collection.
Hepworth (1903-1975) was an internationally renowned 20th century artist and pioneer as a woman and mother for shattering gender stereotypes in an artistic sector largely dominated by men.
She sculpted Moon Form in 1968 from a single piece of white marble with incised geometric lines and finished with her iconic âbreakthrough shapeâ. The sculpture in the piece displays a strong connection to the landscapes of Cornwall, where it was created.
News of the acquisition comes at a time when Lakeland Arts plans to reopen Abbot Hall in the summer of 2022 after closing the art gallery for redevelopment in early 2020.
Rhian Harris, Managing Director of Lakeland Arts, said: âWe are absolutely delighted that this incredible sculpture by Barbara Hepworth has been acquired by Lakeland Arts on a permanent basis. Our thanks go to the Arts Council and the Barbara Hepworth Estate Trustees.
âHepworth is a major international artistic figure who has pushed the boundaries. Moon Form will have its home at Abbot Hall. Not only can visitors from all over Cumbria experience this world-class work up close, but it is also a treasure for the whole nation.
Lakeland Arts has several works by Hepworth in its collection, including: Torso III (Galatea); nine lithographs from Aegean Suite and Oval Form, a piece purchased by Abbot Hall directly from Hepworth in 1963.
The Moon Form acquisition is included in the Arts Council’s Cultural Giving and Place Acceptance Program Annual Report 2020-21, released today.
Â£ 54million worth of items allocated to UK museums
Despite the challenges the museum sector faced during the pandemic, the Arts Council can reveal that over the past year, artifacts – paintings, archives and artifacts of cultural significance – valued at $ 54 million pounds sterling have been accepted for the nation and allocated to UK museums.
This eclectic range of objects including paintings, sculptures, archives and even a steam locomotive has been allocated to public collections across the UK, where they will be available for generations to come.
Arts Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said: âThe Surrogate Acceptance and Cultural Gift programs exist to save cultural objects important to the nation, giving everyone the opportunity to see them on display.
âIt is wonderful that so many fascinating works have been acquired through the program and I am delighted that the vast majority have gone to institutions outside of London, benefiting museums, galleries and people across the country. â
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chairman of Arts Council England, said: âThis report marks 10 years of administration of these programs by the Arts Council, both of which play a vital role in ensuring that communities across the country can enjoy cultural treasures near their place of residence.
âDuring these years a wide range of unusual and exceptional objects entered public collections across the UK, providing lasting inspiration to all for years to come. I am, as always, grateful to the Acceptance in Lieu panel and its chair, Edward Harley, who – despite the challenges faced due to the pandemic – have worked hard to ensure that galleries and museums across the country benefit of these two important programs. ”
Edward Harley, President of Acceptance in Lieu, said: âI am grateful to all who have helped ensure that culturally significant objects continue to enter public collections despite the pandemic.
âAs the report shows, an exciting and diverse range of objects has been saved for everyone’s enjoyment; We are especially delighted that this year the programs delivered their very first joint allocations and that items allocated outside of London represent 81% of total taxes paid. These acquisitions will be an ongoing cause of celebration and community engagement and will benefit all parts of the UK for years to come. ”