Private Collections

Public and private interlinked

Public collections are built according to considered collecting policies, ratified by committee. Private collections are guided by more personal passions.  But both require vision, and both generate stories for audiences to trace and discover.

Very often, public collections benefit from loans and bequests from private collectors, indeed many museums were founded on private collections in the first place.  Private collectors can be more mobile, more responsive, and sometimes more adventurous, and museum curators often look to the private collectors to bring a different energy to their collection through loans and gifts.

Public platforms for private collections

Some collectors establish a public platform or foundation for their private collection. Upcoming case studies in this section will include Jupiter Artland and Mount Stuart House, as well as, on a more domestic scale, an innovative network of groups of households that buy work collectively, and which is occasionally shown to the public.