Art Fund has launched its annual poll to name Britain’s favourite art acquisition of the year from a shortlist of ten including our very own The Boat Builders by John Bellany!

Please take a few minutes to vote at and help make the jewel in the crown of our new art collection the nation’s favourite!

The poll from runs from now until Saturday 15 December.

All voters also get the chance to win a lifetime National Art Pass, which gives free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic places across the UK worth £1,850.

As well as Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, The Boat Builders was acquired with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and the National Fund for Acquisitions.

Voting opens to find Britain’s favourite work of art inArt Fund’s 2018 poll

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  • Search is on to find Art Fund Work of 2018
  • 10 works by artists including Artemisia Gentileschi, Lubaina Himid and Grayson Perry shortlisted
  • Vote is open to the public until 15 December

Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, has launched its annual poll to name the nation’s favourite acquisition of the year. Voters are invited to choose from a shortlist of 10 works of art that Art Fund helped UK museums and galleries to buy in 2018:

  • Kehinde Wiley, Ship of Fools (2017), Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Unknown maker, Anglo-Saxon pendant (650-700), Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
  • Leonora Carrington, Portrait of Max Ernst (c1939), National Galleries of Scotland
  • Lubaina Himid, Toussaint L’Ouverture (1987), Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)
  • Grayson Perry, Posh Art (1992), Victoria Art Gallery
  • Eric Ravilious, Beachy Head (1939), Towner Art Gallery
  • Unknown artist, Am Not I a Man and a Brother (c1800), International Slavery Museum
  • Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c1616), National Gallery
  • John Bellany, The Boatbuilders (1962), Scottish Maritime Museum
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE, Earth (2010), Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The poll opens Tuesday 4 December and runs until Saturday 15 December. The winner will be announced Tuesday 18 December. All those who vote will be entered into a free prize draw, with the chance of winning a lifetime National Art Pass worth £1,850. Anyone is eligible to vote in the poll which can be accessed here:

The shortlisted works encompass painting, sculpture and treasure. Their combined value is £5.2m. All of these works of art and objects joined public collections in the past year, and Art Fund contributed over £800,000 towards their acquisition, including the cost of conserving Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria.