Tate director backs Art Fund’s call for UK export licence reform

The Art Newspaper | Martin Bailey:

Charity will halt public campaigns to save art after another buyer withdraws export application. The Art Fund is set to halt all public fundraising campaigns to save works that are under threat of export from the UK. Stephen Deuchar, its director, tells The Art Newspaper: “If no changes to the present system are made, we do not see how we can, in all conscience, launch fundraising campaigns to save export-stopped works.” He adds: “People will only donate to a campaign if they know a work can actually be purchased at the end of it.”… Read more 

Image: The foreign buyer of Rembrandt’s Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet withdrew an export licence application just before the Art Fund launched a campaign to match the price. Photo: Andrew James; © Media Wales