About the collections
The Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting is the only art collection in the United Kingdom dedicated to painting produced in Britain after the year 2000.
It contains work of international significance by leading artists including European Sovereign Painters Prize winner Susan Gunn, 54th Venice Biennale exhibitor Marguerite Horner, East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood, John Moores Prize winner Nicholas Middleton, Academy awardee James Quin, Griffin Art Prize exhibitor Matthew Krishanu, Contemporary British Painting Prize winners Cathy Lomax (2016) and Narbi Price (2017), Maria Chevska, Andrew Stahl and Birtles Prize Winner Simon Burton.
The Collection of British Prints, Drawings and Photographs features works by key figures of British art, including Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Alan Davie, Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud, Elisabeth Frink, Eric Gill, David Hockney, Ben Johnson, Paul Nash, John Piper, Eric Ravilious, Colin Self and Graham Sutherland.
The Contemporary Chinese Works on Paper collection comprises an intimate selection focused on hand made works on paper created by leading Chinese artists practicing in the 21st century. It is cross generational and explores the output of artists who were born before the ‘Cultural Revolution’ such as Jiao Ye and Zhong Xiaojing, those who grew up in the wake of the Revolution like Wang Fenghua and Liao Zongrong, and those born under the ‘One-Child Policy’ such as Su Jie and Zhang Danni.
Each element seeks to explore, promote and question the relevance of painting and the hand-made work of art in the digital age through loans, exhibitions, talks and publications. They have grown through direct working and personal relationships with many of the artists represented and been enabled by painting swaps, donations and occasional purchases. We especially welcome loan requests from not-for-profit galleries and art museums.