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Project launched to examine regional collections in the UK

Whitechapel Gallery and the Contemporary Art Society have appointed three curatorial fellows to research institutions

London's Whitechapel Gallery and the Contemporary Art Society have teamed up on a project that explores the impact of private collecting and philanthropy on regional collections across the UK.

Three curatorial fellows will organise a series of displays at the Whitechapel Gallery in September after conducting their research at institutions in the Midlands, East and South of England.

The East coast fellow and independent curator, Helen Kaplinsky, will examine the role of art schools as centres of creative production, “in particular their relationship to past industries”; Ingrid Swenson, the Midlands fellow and the director of PEER (formerly The Pier Trust), will study the placement of works of art and “the debates around their perceived and actual value”. Gaia Tedone, a curator based in London who has been appointed as the South fellow, will examine the role of individuals “in creating visions for particular collections”.

The project is sponsored by Arts Council England and will be supported by a touring exhibition, talks and publications.

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