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Vote for gallery painting in national competition

Art lovers have until Sunday to vote for a Wolverhampton Art Gallery painting after it was named in the top 10 of a national survey.

Tam Joseph, Spirit of the Carnival, 1982. Image courtesy of the artist
Tam Joseph, Spirit of the Carnival

Spirit of the Carnival by Tam Joseph is among 10 other paintings from UK galleries, which the public can vote for in The Art Fund competition.

The Art Fund, which for more than a century has been helping museums and galleries buy and display great works of art for everyone to enjoy, has selected the painting.

Other paintings in the running for the favourite image of 2016 are in collections at the Royal Museums Greenwich, Walker Gallery in Liverpool, National Portrait Gallery in London, and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Voters can win a lifetime National Art Pass for taking part in the survey to find the nation's favourite art acquisition for 2016.

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "The Art Fund has helped museums and galleries across the UK make a range of fantastic acquisitions during 2016.

"From the almost 100 works of art the fund has helped to buy, Wolverhampton's painting is in a shortlist of 10. It would be great if people could vote for Spirit of the Carnival and not only support our gallery but also win themselves a lifetime National Art Pass."

The poll closes on Sunday 18 December, at 11.59pm, and you can vote at Art Fund.

Wolverhampton's Spirit of the Carnival, 1983, reflects the uneasy relationship that existed between black communities and the police in Britain during the early 1980s, particularly at the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

It was shown in the Lichfield Street gallery recently in an exhibition called Black Art in Focus, which celebrated the work of contemporary black British artists.

  • released: Friday 16 December, 2016