New procurement ‘freedoms’ for national galleries and museums

Jul 16, 2014

David Addington, Contracts, Commercial and Procurement Manager at the National Portrait Gallery and LUPC Executive Committee Member for non-HE Members, has written a briefing on the new funding reforms and freedoms, including procurement, set out by the government for museums and galleries. It responds to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement in June 2013 that ‘nationally important’ art galleries and museums (as they were termed) were to be granted certain ‘freedoms’ and new powers from September 2013.

The new ‘freedoms’ are currently running as a four-year pilot with selected national galleries and museums. They include a special exemption from government procurement policy, giving museums and galleries freedom to opt in or out of central procurement on a case by case basis so that they can make their own choices about key contracts.

Read the briefing in full.

For further information, please contact David Addington at the National Portrait Gallery.

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