Starting a Collection

New to Collecting?

Art is the ultimate personal statement.  In many ways your choices in art are a window to your soul.  If you buy the art you love, art that speaks to you, your collection will become a visual collage of who you are.

Artist Jean Willy Mestach once said 'Tell me what you collect, tell me how you collect, and I will tell you who you are'.

Everyone starts collecting in a different way.  Some people start by buying things that appeal to them, and then slowly work at acquiring knowledge about how to build a collection.  Others may want to develop some background about art and the artists who have created the work before starting to buy.

Denise Collins of the Castle Gallery, Inverness tells us how she started:'Postcards from museums and art galleries were my first experience of collecting art during my student days'.  From such small beginnings an interest in collecting art can grow.

Kim Canale, artist and curator, started her collection by visiting college degreee shows. She says' Be your own talent scout- it's a wonderful way to develop your taste, and to see artists become successful.'

Collecting art is a personal thing and once you're bitten by the bug, there's no going back.  The pleasure from seeing the art you love every day will last a lifetime.When it comes to buying for your collection, it's easier than ever with the help of Justnanco’s Art Consultant.  There's no limit to the number of times you can use the scheme, so you could think about buying one or more pieces each year. Once you've taken out your first Own Art loan, it won't be long before you can start thinking about your next purchase!

Meet Other OwnArt Collectors: (use info from this link:

OwnArt recently made some short films with people who have used the Own Art scheme. We hope you'll find them inspirational!

Image of Ian Murray

For Ian, great art is about a gut reaction; feeling it in his nervous system and finding something which makes him genuinely excited.

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Image of Jane Wilde and Adrian Lear

They don’t see buying art as extravagant; however it was through Own Art that they were able to acquire their most significant suite of works to date.

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Image of Daniel Khan

Daniel Khan is a first time buyer of contemporary craft. His tastes have evolved from liking practical earthenware to prefering Grayson Perry.

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Image of Mr & Mrs Quick

Michael and Hilary Quick prefer to support artists and buy art rather than invest their money in the bank.

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Image of David Parkin

A great rapport with galleries and getting to know artists personally has helped increase David’s confidence around what to buy.

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Image of John Broadbent

Art has always been of interest to John - part of his student grant was spent on buying paintings whilst he was at University!

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Image of Jenny Wilson & Gideon Seymour

Own Art enabled the purchase of a special ring for this couple to mark Jenny’s 40th birthday and the birth of their daughter, Stella.

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Image of Beverley Thompson

​Beverley Thompson has always loved art despite being a scientist and believes the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Own Art has allowed her to embrace buying serious works of art.

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