Art lovers are being invited to join SPG Club – believed to be the world’s first subscription scheme bringing specially commissioned sculpture by leading artists into members’ own homes.
Sculpture Placement Group (SPG) has designed the club to be exclusive but affordable.
Membership will be restricted to 35 subscribers each paying £45 a month for the chance to have two limited edition works a year – to keep forever!
The first piece is being commissioned from Andy Holden, whose work has been bought by The Tate for its permanent collection.
The second will be from Holly Hendry who has exhibited throughout the UK and Europe and is currently preparing a solo show and large-scale outdoor commission at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Kate V Robertson, of Sculpture Placement Group, said: “With Christmas on the way this is a chance to start collecting works by internationally-renowned artists that would beyond most people’s reach ordinarily.
“What makes it even more special is that members will be able to have contact with the artists and follow the creation of some of the pieces, then have them delivered to their own homes.”
The works will be specifically created for display in a home environment.
Andy Holden said: “Having a sculpture in your own home and noticing it every day is very different to just seeing something once in a gallery – artworks have a way of communicating slowly over time.
“It has always been a bit harder to persuade people to live with sculpture, so this is a good initiative. If you are interested in building a collection then collecting editions this is a good place to start, and this way of doing it works well for artists.”
The club is the latest initiative from Glasgow-based SPG, which is dedicated to widening access to contemporary sculpture and making sure that the artists themselves get paid a proper rate for their work.
Holly Hendry added: “SPG club thinks ahead for the long term. To put an importance on sustainability means nurturing structures that prioritise ways to make sculpture, share sculpture and own sculpture, and ways for artists to make a living at the same time.”
The number of pieces in each edition will be limited to 39, with four donated to charity.
The full package of subscriber benefits is:
- Two limited edition sculptures a year delivered directly to your door
- A certificate of authentication for each piece
- Artist profiles and information about and how each work was made
- Behind-the-scenes access to the making of each sculpture
- Live artist talks and events
- Information and advice on how to care for and display your sculptures.
All the works will be conceived and created to be displayed in people’s homes.
Work will begin on the first piece in early 2021 so subscribers can follow the artist’s entire process ahead of its delivery in the early summer.
- To sign up or find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Photos show Becca McSheaffrey and SPG Director Martin Craig and are taken by Martin.
About the artists
Andy Holden’s work includes sculpture, large installations, painting, pop, performance, animation and multi-screen-videos. His first major exhibition was Art Now: Andy Holden (2010) at TATE Britain.
Holden created Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, an hour-long animated film which explored the idea that the world is now best understood as a cartoon. It was first shown at Glasgow International and later toured to Ukraine, Canada, America, Germany, Malta, Dubai, Denmark and Tate Britain, and was included in the Future Generation Art Prize at the Venice Biennale in 2017.
Holden’s recent work Natural Selection, commissioned by Artangel, was made in collaboration with his father Peter Holden and explored questions of nature and nurture, and mankind’s changing relation to the natural word. The work toured to Leeds art Gallery, Towner Art Gallery, Bristol Museum and four venues in Scotland before being acquired by the Tate of the permanent collection. Holden has been selected for the British Art Show 9 which opens in 2021.
Holly Hendry is often known for site-responsive sculptures and installations concerned with what lives beneath the surface – from hidden underground spaces to the interior workings of the body. Casting is central to her process in which she uses materials including steel, jesmonite, silicone, ash, charcoal, lipstick, soap, foam, marble, aluminium and grit.
Her projects often directly reference scientific research.
Hendry had a solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park titled The Dump is Full of Images in September 2019. Her installation Deep Soil Thrombosis was included in the Biennale de Lyon 2019.
In 2018, Hendry was chosen as the inaugural artist for the Art Block in Selfridges’ flagship store in London. She created the monumental sculpture Cenotaph for the Liverpool Biennial in the same year. The work was included in the Biennial’s touring programme and shown at The Tetley, Leeds, in June 2019.
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About Sculpture Placement Group
- SPG formed in 2017, to address the practical and economic challenges of working in the arts – particularly with sculpture, to diversify audiences to contemporary sculpture and to find ways for the arts to work more sustainably.
- Sculpture Adoption Scheme is one of SPG’s flagship projects. Since launching in 2018, over 100 artworks and over 50 organisations have registered. It has completed 35 adoptions, to a variety of organisations.
- Current adopters include City of Glasgow College; Glasgow University; The Centre, Cumbernauld; Glasgow City Chambers; Page/Park Architects; Dumfries & Galloway College; Tramway & the Hidden Gardens; Bannockburn House; Grantown Society, the Highlands.
About Creative Scotland
- Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.
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