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Creative Christmas gifting: Own Art and be merry

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If you're thinking of moving away from the traditional gifts of socks, fragrances and soap on a rope, but are not quite sure what to do for the art lover in your life, we have a suggestion.

Why not get creative this Christmas, and help your friends and family (or indeed, yourself) to Own Art.

It's a great way to support the creative industries, because of course, creativity matters - especially at Christmas time.

What is Own Art?

Own Art was set up as a way to make buying art easy and affordable. It lets you spread the cost of a purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan.  

Where do I go to purchase an item?

In Scotland, you can one of 47 member galleries that are currently operating the scheme (out of a total 250 across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Galleries such as Robertson Fine Art in Edinburgh, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Peacock Visual Arts, Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery, Craft Scotland and National Galleries of Scotland all take part. You can find an operator near you on the Own Art website.

What kind of art can I acquire?

Own Art loans are available through a network of member galleries for the purchase of contemporary art and craft of any kind. This includes paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and textiles.

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From any artist?

The scheme aims to support working artists, so the artist must be contemporary (ie, living). Some galleries will also allow you to commission an artist, if you can't find a piece you like the looks of.

Right, sounds great. Where do I start?

We'd recommend heading over to the Own Art website, to get some more information on borrowing, member galleries, and the kinds of work the scheme supports. For a more visual idea of what Own Art can do, check out this video, made in partnership with The Skinny and Own Art, exploring the scheme in practice at Street Level Photoworks.

This article was published on 15 Dec 2017