FOI Request - Art

Request 101002466287

Please advise:

1. The total number of works of art owned by your local authority.

2. The estimated total value.

3. The number of works currently on display.

4. How many works of art have been donated by the local authority over the past five years?

5. How many works of art have been leased by the local authority over the past five years and the total revenue.

6. How many works of art have been sold by the local authority over the past five years and the total proceeds from any sales.

7. The cost to the local authority of maintaining your art collection for the financial year 2018/19. Please include any costs for insurance, conservation and insurance.

Response 07-04-2020

1. The total number of works of art owned by your local authority.
The Museums service has 1325 items of artwork (paintings) and 22 (sculptures) accessioned in the collection. The Library service has 284 art works

2. The estimated total value.
As no detailed figures are available, in accordance with section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 we can confirm that this information is not held.

3. The number of works currently on display.
The Museums service is now closed for the foreseeable future, however all of our oil paintings can be seen on www.artuk.org . 15 paintings are displayed in other Council buildings & 3 sculptures are on permanent public display in Elgin town centre. The Library service has 155 artworks on display.

4. How many works of art have been donated by the local authority over the past five years?
None

5. How many works of art have been leased by the local authority over the past five years and the total revenue.
Paintings and art prints are loaned free of charge to Library members. We are unable to provide statistics on loans while our Libraries are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however you are welcome to contact us again once normal business has resumed. Apologies for any inconvenience.

6. How many works of art have been sold by the local authority over the past five years and the total proceeds from any sales.
None

7. The cost to the local authority of maintaining your art collection for the financial year 2018/19. Please include any costs for insurance, conservation and insurance.
The museums services detailed budget for 2018/19 is provided below. However, please note that maintaining the art collection is only part of what the museums service is responsible for.

Museums Service, Expenses
Employee Costs 80611
Property Costs 27654
Supplies and Services  (Including Insurance) 2024
Transport & Plant Costs 54
Support Services 37116
Financing Costs 9683
Expenses Total 157143

Museums Service, Income
Income Total 1368

Museums Service, Total: 155775

In addition please see insurance breakdown for artwork displayed in Libraries below.
Maps, photographs and prints in the Public Library, Elgin - sum insured £178,000
Art prints and framing in the insured's public libraries or whilst on loan to borrowing library members - sum insured £115,000
Paintings in the insured's public libraries - sum insured - £15,000
Peter Anson collection of paintings at Buckie Library - sum insured £125,000

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