Contemporary Art Society

London-based organisation founded in 1910 that focuses on contemporary art, working with museums and collectors

The Contemporary Art Society (sometimes referred to as the CAS) exists to encourage an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art by a wide audience and to donate works by important and new artists to museums and public galleries across the UK.

With the help of its members and supporters the CAS raises funds to purchase works by new artists which are given to museums and public galleries where they are enjoyed by a national audience; it brokers significant and rare works of art by important artists of the 20th century for public collections through its networks of patrons and private collectors; it establishes relationships to commission artworks and promote contemporary art in public spaces; and it devises programmes of displays, artist talks and educational events.

Since 1910 the CAS has donated over 8,000 works to museums and public galleries – from Bacon, Freud, Hepworth and Moore in their day through to the influential artists of our own times – championing new talent, supporting curators, and encouraging philanthropy and collecting in the UK.
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