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Own Art


About the Scheme 

Own Art logoInitiated by Arts Council England in 2004, Own Art is a scheme designed to make buying art easy and affordable for the general public. It offers interest-free credit for people to buy contemporary artworks and craft through participating Own Art galleries. Loans can range from £100 - £2500 and are paid back over ten instalments.

Own Art and Creative Scotland

Own Art has operated in Scotland since 2008 and makes a strong contribution to Scotland’s fragile visual arts infrastructure. Through Own Art we are working in partnership with others to help create the best possible conditions for artists and creative people to thrive.

The scheme supports galleries in both the public and private sector, helping to make contemporary visual art more accessible in Scotland. In total there are 43 Scottish Own Art galleries (including 2 virtual gallery offers) with a good spread of urban and rural locations and a presence in most Scottish local authorities. All artforms are covered and in recent years we've been bolstering the presence of underrepresented artforms such as craft and photography.

Outside of Scotland, we are working with Culture Label in London who curate the Scottish Collection - a capsule collection of 20 Scottish galleries and arts organisations being promoted on their global platform.

In total there are 276 galleries operating the Own Art scheme in Scotland and England and a similar scheme operates in Wales called Collectorplan.

To find a gallery near you or find out more about the scheme, take a look at the Own Art website

Buying and collecting

Creative Scotland has recently commissioned The Skinny to produce a set of five short films celebrating the different ways in which people can get involved in art collecting, buying and commissioning using Own Art to get them started. View the full series below.

Art Pistol

Art Pistol specialise in original, affordable art and are predominantly based online, though they frequently stage pop-up shows. By housing much of their exhibitions online, it means that you can spend hours browsing the various collections, then contact the gallery for more information on your favourites. 


Outset Scotland aims to bring private individuals and corporate partners together to support contemporary art activity in Scotland. It enables selected artists' commissions, exhibitions, and education programmes, and augments Scotland's public collections of contemporary art with gifted artworks.

In this video Kirsty Skinner Director of Outset Scotland talks about collecting contemporary art and how setting up a group to collect can help to increase an understanding of contemporary art as well as spread the cost of buying the art you love. 

Royal Scottish Academy

RSA New Contemporaries is a curated annual exhibition which focuses on the finest emerging artists & architects in Scotland. Now in its sixth year, this exciting show has evolved out of the long standing and much anticipated RSA Annual Student Exhibition which was first held at the RSA in 1976 and marks our commitment to presenting and supporting the best contemporary art in Scotland.


Spin is a monthly discussion group set up by the Education Department at the National Galleries of Scotland, to help you get to the heart of contemporary art. Whether you are completely new to contemporary art, already enjoy it, want to collect it, or are involved professionally, Spin offers you the chance to engage with a variety of artists, artworks, galleries and studio spaces across Edinburgh in a relaxed and sociable setting.

Street Level Photoworks

Situated in Glasgow’s Trongate 103, Street Level is a gallery and open access photographic production facility. Street Level are committed to quality and equality across activity. The Gallery provides a high quality artistic programme in the city of Glasgow that is challenging and accessible, local and international, diverse and highly individual.