Art and artefacts

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I write to request details of council arts under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Under the section Heritage Assets in your annual statement of accounts, there is mention of arts and artefacts which are not usually referred to in the local list, or accounted for due to the cost of obtaining specific expert valuations.

I would like to receive the following:

A) An itemised breakdown of the art and artefacts owned by the council- with necessary details such as artist/maker.
B) A list of art and artefacts acquired by the council since 2010 with an indication of whether it was a donation, or if purchased, please include the price paid.
C) A list of art and artefacts the council has sold since 2010, with the sold price and an indication of the purchaser i.e. overseas/domestic private collector, museum, etc.

Under A, whilst I appreciate the exact values may be unknown as the cost of expert advice may be considered an unnecessary expense in the current climate, could you please include the insurance value of the items. If an individual breakdown isn't possible, an estimate of the insurance value of the whole collection would be acceptable.

Again, I am only interested in arts and artefacts, not buildings or other locations to be included in a local list.

I look forward to hearing from you within 20 working days.

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A) An itemised breakdown of the art and artefacts owned by the council- with necessary details such as artist/maker.

With around one million items in the collections of Royal Pavilion & Museums (RPM), it is impossible to send out an itemised breakdown.

Collections information is stored on our Mimsy database. If enquirers have specific questions relating to the collections, we can create a bespoke report covering a more manageable number of records.

An overview of the collections held by RPM is available on our website at http://www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/His... We also have a dedicated on-line collections search facility (http://www.brightonmuseums-collections.o... this is a work in progress with new entries added from our collections database regularly.

Any enquiries concerning the collections can be sent to [email address] We are unable to provide values for all our individual objects on security grounds. This is for the protection of collections and to provide a crime free environment for our staff and public.

You may wish to refer to Brighton & Hove City Council’s annual Statement of Accounts which summarises its heritage assets and collections values – see http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/...

B) A list of art and artefacts acquired by the council since 2010 with an indication of whether it was a donation, or if purchased, please include the price paid.

A list is attached (please click on the link below). The vast majority of acquisitions are donations. Of the 238 acquisitions listed the vast majority are donations. Only four purchases were supported with Brighton & Hove City Council funds (marked as RPM), and two of these represent just a contribution to the full cost of acquisition.

C) A list of art and artefacts the council has sold since 2010, with the sold price and an indication of the purchaser i.e. overseas/domestic private collector, museum, etc.

RPM has not sold any art and artefacts in this period. There are clear and strict guidelines on the disposal of museum objects in the Museum Association’s Code of Ethics, and these are enshrined in the procedures governing disposals in the Accreditation standard for museums, overseen by Arts Council England.”

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