Sunday, January 16, 2005

In Ten Easy Payments

Now here's an idea that has been a long time coming!

Galleries in the UK are offering payment plans to their buyers to boost sales and Britain's Arts Council has launched a new program called Art Own, which provides interest free loans to those wishing to purchase art. Loans are available in sizes ranging from £100 to £2,000 pounds payable in ten equal payments. Canada Council, take heed. This could work out better than Art Bank!

What happens when you can't make the payments? Art goons? "Pay up or you'll be deconstructed!"

Don't know anything about contemporary art or need help picking out your purchases? Consultation services titled (somewhat bizarrely) "On the Couch: Collecting Confidence" is just the ticket. One on one hand patting sessions with an "art expert".

If you're interested in collecting Contemporary art where do you start? What's more important, your instinctive response or a work's investment potential? On The Couch: Collecting Confidence will give you an insight into collecting Contemporary art via the Whitechapel Art Gallery's programme of one-to-one conversations with curators, gallerists and collectors. Sessions are free but we ask you reserve your place in advance.

Yummy! For a small sum, they may even throw in a hot stone massage.


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