Debate on sale of Gloucester City Council's art
PROFITS from the sale of city artifacts should be used to buy more art, according to a Gloucester councillor.
Fourteen works of art could be sold, potentially boosting the city council's coffers by £381,000.
But Councillor Sebastian Field (Lib Dem, Kingsholm and Wotton) wants to see this money spent on commissioning new art for the city.
"The Liberal Democrats agree with the principle of selling them off, but what we want them to do with the money is buy new pieces of art that will be relevant to the city and commission some new public art like the Kyneburgh Tower," he said.
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"Art is always seen as frivolous expenditure but it brings people into the city."
The discussion centres around 11 paintings, two barometers and one sculpture currently owned by Gloucester City Council and being stored in the city's vaults.
The council's cabinet has approved plans to sell the pieces, subject to the Museums, Libraries and Archives giving their approval.
The minimum amount these works could get at auction is £254,000.
Leader of the city council Paul James said while he would love to see more public art in Gloucester, he feels the money would be best spent on further improvements at the city museum, which has recently undergone a £500,000 makeover.
"There is no intention of us using the sale of the items to fund general spending," he said.
"The first call on any money we get should be to complete the transformation of the museum."
The matter will be debated at the full council meeting on Thursday.