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The Golder-Thompson Gift

An ongoing collection of contemporary prints being developed through a fund provided by two supporters of the Gallery.

Since 2001 Mark Golder and Brian Thompson have supported Pallant House Gallery through an annual fund to purchase contemporary prints, as well as making individual gifts. The acquisitions are agreed through discussion between the donors and the Gallery staff so that the collection reflects the collectors' personal tastes and interests. The Golder -Thompson Gift includes a substantial collection of over 150 prints by contemporary Scottish artists ranging from senior figures such as Alan Davie, John Bellany, Elizabeth Blackadder and Adrian Wisziewski, to younger generations of artists including Christine Borland, David Shrigley and Toby Paterson. Initially prints were acquired from each of the major printmaking studios in Scotland: Dundee Contemporary Art, Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, and Peacock Visual Art in Aberdeen.

The scope of the collection has expanded to include the acquisition of print portfolios such as 'The House of Fairy Tales' portfolio, including works by the likes of Cornelia Parker, Paula Rego, Gavin Turk, Rachel Whiteread, and prints by Royal Academicians including Eileen Cooper, Anne Desmet, David Hockney, Mali Morris, Humphrey Ocean, and Emma Stibbon. In addition, there have been occasional gifts of artists's books, photographs and ceramics - including a collection of 30 pots by modern and contemporary potters including Janet Leach, Richard Batterham, Takeshi Yasuda and Edmund de Waal to mark the 30th anniversary of the Gallery. The Golder-Thompson Gift is currently the Gallery's only acquisition fund and so plays an important role in developing the collection of contemporary art for the future.