The £40 Art Collection

Arran, 1960
23 October – 11 December 2010

Tom Alexander, who died in 2000, moved to the Isle of Arran in 1947. After having successfully set up a shop with his brother, he wanted to do something ‘public spirited’ and joined the Officers Emergency Army Reserve. In return, the Officers Emergency Army Reserve paid him around £40 a year. With this money, and his wife Catherine’s encouragement, he wrote directly to artists whose work he admired, such as William Scott, to purchase a work of art annually.

The collection he managed to acquire is currently being exhibited at the Talbot Gallery until 11 December 2010.

For more information, visit the Talbot Gallery’s website

Talbot Rice Gallery

The University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2210

Fax: +44 (0)131 650 2213