Founded in 1994 by Poju and Anita Zabludowicz, the collection spans four decades of art from the 1970’s to today and includes works across all disciplines by artists from around the globe, with a major focus on artists from Europe and North America. The collection actively encourages the development of artists' practices beyond collecting by commissioning and supporting the production of new work as well as loaning works to other institutions.
The collection describes itself as a ‘philanthropic endeavor’ and is hugely engaged with creating opportunities for smaller initiatives, ranging from major gifts to museums to supporting community festivals. The collection actively creates new opportunities for audiences to engage with emerging art and supports arts organizations and artists around the world.
The collection has exhibition venues in London, New York and the Finnish island Sarvisalo. The latter is their international residency hub: this is where the collection owns three separate houses, The Carpenter House, Herman’s and Suvikunta; all of which offer artists-in-residence the opportunity to work, reflect and engage in exciting new projects. Their New York branch is located in an iconic 34-story skyscraper on Broadway and shows temporary exhibitions and events. The London branch can be found in a former Methodist chapel, reopened in 2007 after careful renovations in order to keep its ‘natural fabric’ as the renewed Zabludowicz Collection. This unconventional setting provides an imaginative and challenging surrounding for the works on display.
Its varied programme includes group and solo exhibitions, commissions, residencies, the Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open and Testing Ground, an annual initiative for higher education in the arts and curating. It also has an active publishing arm and dynamic programme of free public events, ranging from talks and performances by artists and academics to community-based festivals and youth and adult education. All events and exhibitions are free and open to all.