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Own Art supports the visual arts economy by providing galleries and other businesses with the facility to offer their customers interest free loans for the purchase of contemporary art and craft.

Own Art helps to stimulate the market for contemporary art by reducing financial barriers for buyers and sellers, making the arts more inclusive and accessible for all.

Since the launch of the scheme in 2004, approximately 69,000 customers from across the UK have used an Own Art loan to help finance the purchase of more than £65m of contemporary art and craft.

"We love the Own Art scheme, and champion it at every opportunity.” Gallerina, Darlington

Over 320 organisations across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now members of the scheme including commercial and not-for-profit galleries, museums, art fairs and artist-led organisations. Our members enjoy subsidised credit facilities, free marketing support and a range of other benefits offered that can help them to develop, grow and diversify their customer base.

Own Art is delivered by Creative United in partnership with our credit provider Novuna Consumer Finance. The scheme is supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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When asked as part of our annual report, our surveyed customers and galleries said:

Own Art helped galleries experience sales over and above their normal turnover 0 %

Own Art was what enabled customers to make their purchase 0 %

Customers would recommend using the Own Art scheme to others 0 %

Customers plan to buy more contemporary art as a result of Own Art 0 %


Customers earning less than £25k a year


First time art buyers


Customers under the age of 35

"We love the Own Art scheme, and champion it verbally at every opportunity. The scheme is a huge part of how we continue to do what we do, and impacts massively in terms of helping our gallery create access to what we do. This difference is felt all across the client base, by young and established artists and of course our gallery itself."

Gallerina, Darlington

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