Hockney tells of his dismay at proposal to sell of Bradford's art treasures

David Hockney

The art collection

First published in News

World-famous Bradford artist David Hockney has reacted with dismay to a call for Bradford Council should sell off its valuable artworks.

Yesterday it was revealed the authority has been underestimating the value of its collection by millions of pounds.

The news prompted the Liberal Democrats, supported by the Conservatives, to call on the Labour-led authority to sell off artworks to fund frontline services.

Mr Hockney has reacted with concern, after reading the story in the Telegraph & Argus.

In a short but telling comment, he said: “I've almost given up on Bradford. This would do it.”

Bradford Council owns a number of Hockney artworks.

His paper pool picture Le Plongeur, made from coloured and pressed paper pulp, is one of the jewels of the authority’s collection and is on loan to Liverpool’s Walker Gallery.

Cartwright Hall art gallery also has Hockney’s four major series of prints: Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, The Blue Guitar, A Rake’s Progress and Illustrations of the Poetry of CP Cavafy.

Yesterday Lib Dem leader Coun Jeanette Sunderland stood by her idea, saying the move could actually be of benefit to art lovers.

She said: “We could set up a trust, we could do all sorts of things.”

Coun Sunderland said an independent body could do a better job of giving public access to the art, allowing the Council to concentrate on providing services.

But Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, who is the executive responsibilities on the Labour-run authority includes culture, said: “If the only thing the Tories and Lib Dems can think of in the face of their Government's savage cuts is a fire sale of Bradford's cultural heritage then the people of Bradford will rightly be relieved they are not in charge of the district. You can only sell the family silver once.”

Bradford Council owns about 4,000 fine art pieces, with some on public display and others kept in storage.

Previously, the authority had insured its whole art and museum collection for £20 million. But this year, an auction house valued a fraction of its fine art and found the value of these pieces alone eclipsed this figure.

But Coun Hinchcliffe said the valuation would have looked at the most expensive items first, and the remainder would have a far smaller value than that five per cent.

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4:14am Fri 29 Nov 13

Saltaire Bantam says...

They could sell the politicians instead except no one would have them. Use them to clean public toilets? If they want to save money start by getting rid of a few councillors and save £20000 per year for each one.
They could sell the politicians instead except no one would have them. Use them to clean public toilets? If they want to save money start by getting rid of a few councillors and save £20000 per year for each one. Saltaire Bantam
  • Score: 19

7:17am Fri 29 Nov 13

annlesleydignan@gmail.com says...

Another short term fix at the expense of our City Herritage!! Interesting the even our stalwart champion is ready to give up on Bradford. What a sad day if this shoulAnother short term fix at the expense of our City Herritage!! Interesting the even our stalwart champion is ready to give up on Bradford. What a sad day if this should be allowed to happen!d be allowed to happen!
Another short term fix at the expense of our City Herritage!! Interesting the even our stalwart champion is ready to give up on Bradford. What a sad day if this shoulAnother short term fix at the expense of our City Herritage!! Interesting the even our stalwart champion is ready to give up on Bradford. What a sad day if this should be allowed to happen!d be allowed to happen! annlesleydignan@gmail.com
  • Score: 8

7:18am Fri 29 Nov 13

annlesleydignan@gmail.com says...

Another short term fix at the expense of our City Herritage!! Interesting the even our stalwart champion is ready to give up on Bradford. What a sad day if this should be allowed to happen!
Another short term fix at the expense of our City Herritage!! Interesting the even our stalwart champion is ready to give up on Bradford. What a sad day if this should be allowed to happen! annlesleydignan@gmail.com
  • Score: 7

7:29am Fri 29 Nov 13

angry bradfordian says...

annlesleydignan@gmai
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wrote:
Another short term fix at the expense of our City Herritage!! Interesting the even our stalwart champion is ready to give up on Bradford. What a sad day if this should be allowed to happen!
A "stalwart champion" who loves Bradford so much he hasn't lived here since the mid-60s!
[quote][p][bold]annlesleydignan@gmai l.com[/bold] wrote: Another short term fix at the expense of our City Herritage!! Interesting the even our stalwart champion is ready to give up on Bradford. What a sad day if this should be allowed to happen![/p][/quote]A "stalwart champion" who loves Bradford so much he hasn't lived here since the mid-60s! angry bradfordian
  • Score: 8

7:45am Fri 29 Nov 13

bingleybantam says...

They will only waste the money they get from the sale. When Leeds/Bradford airport was sold. Leeds got an Arena, Bradford got a pond.
They will only waste the money they get from the sale. When Leeds/Bradford airport was sold. Leeds got an Arena, Bradford got a pond. bingleybantam
  • Score: 21

8:06am Fri 29 Nov 13

tinytoonster says...

bingleybantam wrote:
They will only waste the money they get from the sale. When Leeds/Bradford airport was sold. Leeds got an Arena, Bradford got a pond.
exactly.
but to be fair what is the point of artwork being in storage?
he probably left because he could foresee the future of bradford!
my nan said bradford was going downhill in 1983!!
i'm glad she cannot see what it as become.
[quote][p][bold]bingleybantam[/bold] wrote: They will only waste the money they get from the sale. When Leeds/Bradford airport was sold. Leeds got an Arena, Bradford got a pond.[/p][/quote]exactly. but to be fair what is the point of artwork being in storage? he probably left because he could foresee the future of bradford! my nan said bradford was going downhill in 1983!! i'm glad she cannot see what it as become. tinytoonster
  • Score: 19

10:12am Fri 29 Nov 13

schroeder says...

Hockney is a typical old **** who reads what he wants to read just for a good old moan at the world.
Bradford Council haven't said they're planning on selling the said artwork, it was members of opposition parties that said they should.

I think Bradford Council should either sell or put on public display the art that's in storage though. Makes sense to me.
Hockney is a typical old **** who reads what he wants to read just for a good old moan at the world. Bradford Council haven't said they're planning on selling the said artwork, it was members of opposition parties that said they should. I think Bradford Council should either sell or put on public display the art that's in storage though. Makes sense to me. schroeder
  • Score: 0

10:33am Fri 29 Nov 13

mickfly2012 says...

Sell the lot, it'll help pay for all the 'FREE' events that the council puts on at the City Park.
Sell the lot, it'll help pay for all the 'FREE' events that the council puts on at the City Park. mickfly2012
  • Score: -4

11:19am Fri 29 Nov 13

bcfc1903 says...

I see the tories and their pathetic mates are wanting to sell the family silver again, no doubt to their mates at a knock down price, how sad. Hopefully the paintings along with the Moser hoard will be put on display, a small charge for entry, say a fiver would be more fitting. I'm with David Hockney, these paintings should never be sold, they are part of our great city's heritage.
I see the tories and their pathetic mates are wanting to sell the family silver again, no doubt to their mates at a knock down price, how sad. Hopefully the paintings along with the Moser hoard will be put on display, a small charge for entry, say a fiver would be more fitting. I'm with David Hockney, these paintings should never be sold, they are part of our great city's heritage. bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

12:29pm Fri 29 Nov 13

BD16 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
I see the tories and their pathetic mates are wanting to sell the family silver again, no doubt to their mates at a knock down price, how sad. Hopefully the paintings along with the Moser hoard will be put on display, a small charge for entry, say a fiver would be more fitting. I'm with David Hockney, these paintings should never be sold, they are part of our great city's heritage.
I would agree with you if these pieces were already on public display, but they aren't and we are paying insurance for something we get no benefit from. If we could sell them and raise some capital for a project that would be benificial to Bradford, why not?

Bingley Bantam is spot on in his assesment, perhaps an outside consultant could be used rather than the fools who told us the pond would bring in £80million pa. Not a pointless "superdome" at Odsal either.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: I see the tories and their pathetic mates are wanting to sell the family silver again, no doubt to their mates at a knock down price, how sad. Hopefully the paintings along with the Moser hoard will be put on display, a small charge for entry, say a fiver would be more fitting. I'm with David Hockney, these paintings should never be sold, they are part of our great city's heritage.[/p][/quote]I would agree with you if these pieces were already on public display, but they aren't and we are paying insurance for something we get no benefit from. If we could sell them and raise some capital for a project that would be benificial to Bradford, why not? Bingley Bantam is spot on in his assesment, perhaps an outside consultant could be used rather than the fools who told us the pond would bring in £80million pa. Not a pointless "superdome" at Odsal either. BD16
  • Score: 3

2:00pm Fri 29 Nov 13

bcfc1903 says...

BD16 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
I see the tories and their pathetic mates are wanting to sell the family silver again, no doubt to their mates at a knock down price, how sad. Hopefully the paintings along with the Moser hoard will be put on display, a small charge for entry, say a fiver would be more fitting. I'm with David Hockney, these paintings should never be sold, they are part of our great city's heritage.
I would agree with you if these pieces were already on public display, but they aren't and we are paying insurance for something we get no benefit from. If we could sell them and raise some capital for a project that would be benificial to Bradford, why not?

Bingley Bantam is spot on in his assesment, perhaps an outside consultant could be used rather than the fools who told us the pond would bring in £80million pa. Not a pointless "superdome" at Odsal either.
Well let's get them on display, I'ts hardly rocket science is it. These paintings and stuff like the Moser hoard should be untouchable and on show making money, Miller and his cronies show themselves up as total fools who obviously have no love of the great city's rich heritage. Shame on them all!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: I see the tories and their pathetic mates are wanting to sell the family silver again, no doubt to their mates at a knock down price, how sad. Hopefully the paintings along with the Moser hoard will be put on display, a small charge for entry, say a fiver would be more fitting. I'm with David Hockney, these paintings should never be sold, they are part of our great city's heritage.[/p][/quote]I would agree with you if these pieces were already on public display, but they aren't and we are paying insurance for something we get no benefit from. If we could sell them and raise some capital for a project that would be benificial to Bradford, why not? Bingley Bantam is spot on in his assesment, perhaps an outside consultant could be used rather than the fools who told us the pond would bring in £80million pa. Not a pointless "superdome" at Odsal either.[/p][/quote]Well let's get them on display, I'ts hardly rocket science is it. These paintings and stuff like the Moser hoard should be untouchable and on show making money, Miller and his cronies show themselves up as total fools who obviously have no love of the great city's rich heritage. Shame on them all!!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 3

2:26pm Fri 29 Nov 13

bobbyo says...

One of the old mills in the city going to ruin made into an art gallery, put them on view for the public, entrance fee cover costs!
One of the old mills in the city going to ruin made into an art gallery, put them on view for the public, entrance fee cover costs! bobbyo
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Fri 29 Nov 13

BaildonGuy says...

Cllr. Sunderland normally talks sense, but this time she is completely wrong. Selling the family silver is never a good idea, as anybody who has had to pay a utility bill or buy a rail ticket recently will know. This art is our heritage, it belongs to the people of Bradford and should be curated for future generations. It is very presumptuous of Cllrs Sunderland and Miller to assume they have the right to sell it. These kind of Tory values have no place in a fair society.

The paintings, along with Moser collection, should be on display. Since there isn't presently enough space why not build a new gallery as part of the Odeon redevelopment? A half billion pound art collection with Hockneys and Lowries has to be an attraction. It would help Bradford re-establish itself. After all, if Hull can go from being number one crap town to a City of Culture then Bradford can as well.
Cllr. Sunderland normally talks sense, but this time she is completely wrong. Selling the family silver is never a good idea, as anybody who has had to pay a utility bill or buy a rail ticket recently will know. This art is our heritage, it belongs to the people of Bradford and should be curated for future generations. It is very presumptuous of Cllrs Sunderland and Miller to assume they have the right to sell it. These kind of Tory values have no place in a fair society. The paintings, along with Moser collection, should be on display. Since there isn't presently enough space why not build a new gallery as part of the Odeon redevelopment? A half billion pound art collection with Hockneys and Lowries has to be an attraction. It would help Bradford re-establish itself. After all, if Hull can go from being number one crap town to a City of Culture then Bradford can as well. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 8

3:12pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Reality001 says...

I think most people have forgotten, these arts have been donated. Sell them and Bradford will never get anything donated ever again.
I think most people have forgotten, these arts have been donated. Sell them and Bradford will never get anything donated ever again. Reality001
  • Score: 5

8:14pm Fri 29 Nov 13

bcfc1903 says...

BaildonGuy wrote:
Cllr. Sunderland normally talks sense, but this time she is completely wrong. Selling the family silver is never a good idea, as anybody who has had to pay a utility bill or buy a rail ticket recently will know. This art is our heritage, it belongs to the people of Bradford and should be curated for future generations. It is very presumptuous of Cllrs Sunderland and Miller to assume they have the right to sell it. These kind of Tory values have no place in a fair society.

The paintings, along with Moser collection, should be on display. Since there isn't presently enough space why not build a new gallery as part of the Odeon redevelopment? A half billion pound art collection with Hockneys and Lowries has to be an attraction. It would help Bradford re-establish itself. After all, if Hull can go from being number one crap town to a City of Culture then Bradford can as well.
Great post sir! I would pay to see the Moser collection on it's own, the Odeon idea coupled with a new concert hall would be superb. The idea that the opposition councillors would sell these gifts is absolutely appalling, the city's heritage...I love the city warts and all but that really would be a bridge too far. This idea has to be killed now!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: Cllr. Sunderland normally talks sense, but this time she is completely wrong. Selling the family silver is never a good idea, as anybody who has had to pay a utility bill or buy a rail ticket recently will know. This art is our heritage, it belongs to the people of Bradford and should be curated for future generations. It is very presumptuous of Cllrs Sunderland and Miller to assume they have the right to sell it. These kind of Tory values have no place in a fair society. The paintings, along with Moser collection, should be on display. Since there isn't presently enough space why not build a new gallery as part of the Odeon redevelopment? A half billion pound art collection with Hockneys and Lowries has to be an attraction. It would help Bradford re-establish itself. After all, if Hull can go from being number one crap town to a City of Culture then Bradford can as well.[/p][/quote]Great post sir! I would pay to see the Moser collection on it's own, the Odeon idea coupled with a new concert hall would be superb. The idea that the opposition councillors would sell these gifts is absolutely appalling, the city's heritage...I love the city warts and all but that really would be a bridge too far. This idea has to be killed now!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

10:56pm Fri 29 Nov 13

queenyfan says...

Its quite simple. They are not the Councils to sell. They belong to the people of Bradford.
When i saw the T&A headline `Council treasures are up for sale` I thought that the Council themselves were up for sale.,
60p the lot!!!
Its quite simple. They are not the Councils to sell. They belong to the people of Bradford. When i saw the T&A headline `Council treasures are up for sale` I thought that the Council themselves were up for sale., 60p the lot!!! queenyfan
  • Score: 0

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