Monday, March 01, 2010

The art of banking

Allied Irish Bank has an art collection of over 3000 items, including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and tapestry. (See some more detail here [PDF, 76kb])

Bank of Ireland, too, has a substantial collection of artworks, "over 2,000 pieces, comprising paintings, sculptures, photographs and ceramics" (here).

Anglo Irish Bank's collection "includes work by Stephen McKenna, Yona Caffrey, Mark Francis and Tony O'Malley".

We're not the first to suggest it, but those collections should be publicly owned: the banks should be, ahem, vigorously encouraged to hand them over and to cover the costs of preserving and exhibiting them.

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