They don't buy art in Scotland

September 19 2011

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Picture: Sorcha Dallas

A contemporary art gallery in Glasgow, Sorcha Dallas, is closing - and the owner says it is because nobody in Scotland buys art. From Scotland on Sunday:

Dallas said: "The gallery is closing because it seems running a contemporary commercial gallery is unsustainable within Scotland.

"This is due to no local collector base and little public support meaning heavy personal financial investment from the start in order to establish international markets and networks.

"The small amount of support I normally get was withdrawn this year by Creative Scotland and this, coupled with the dire present economic situation, makes continuing untenable." 

Can anybody tell me why a commercial contemporary art gallery, in the midst of a contemporary art boom, should be awarded any public money? And if public money is available for commercial art dealers, then can I have some, please?

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