Chris Ingram, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, began collecting in 2002, and within a decade, had created a substantial private collection of Modern British Art, which was being regularly requested for exhibitions and loans to both national and international galleries and museums. The calibre and breadth of the collection, together with its active lending policy, means that The Ingram Collection is now recognised as one of this country’s most significant, and publicly accessible, collections of Modern British Art.  In recent years, The Ingram Collection has ventured into two new areas – supporting recently graduated and emerging artists, and exploring how access to art – making it as well as seeing it – can improve outcomes for disadvantaged groups.

The Ingram Collection now holds over 600 works of art across these three distinct collections – The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, Ingram Contemporary Talent, and Inside Out – all of which are available to borrow.  We are committed to using our collections to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be inspired by art, no matter what their location or circumstances.

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 Over the years we have been lucky enough to contribute works to the twentieth century side of the collection. The first purchase was the most perfect little ink and wash ‘Costermonger’ by Welsh surrealist Ceri Richards CBE (1903-1971) and more recently the collection acquired a rare wartime group of inks by the great visual recorder of the twentieth century Feliks Topolski RA (1907-1989).