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Own Art

Own Art is a national initiative that makes buying contemporary art and craft affordable by providing interest-free loans for the purchase of original work.

Own Art reduces the financial barriers and perceptions of elitism that commonly exist within the art market, by making it easier and more affordable for people to purchase and enjoy original art and craft, regardless of their income and socio-economic background.

Since 2004, the scheme has enabled more than 50,000 customers to get access to the art they love. Delivered through a network of over 300 galleries across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Own Art has so far supported £56 million of sales of contemporary art and craft to UK customers.

Bow Arts is a member of Own Art and can process loans from £100 to £2,500 on behalf of our artists’. We will be offering Own Art on all sales through the Nunnery Gallery, and we can also process sales on behalf of Bow Arts studio artists, flat holders and Learning artists. This means that as a Bow Arts artist, you can offer Own Art on your private sales, for instance to friends or through Facebook / Instagram, and particularly during events like Open Studios.

Click the links below to learn more about the Own Art scheme and how it works:

Own Art is a Creative United initiative supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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