Operating across a network of more than 300 small independent galleries, museums and artist-led organisations across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Own Art scheme has been successful in reducing the financial barriers and perceptions of elitism that commonly exist within the art market, by making it easier and more affordable for people to buy art.
Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive of Creative United, said:
"Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance has been the credit provider for the Own Art scheme for over 12 years. This longstanding partnership is in itself a demonstration of their commitment to supporting our mission to make the arts accessible and open to all.
"Creative United is proud to be associated with a finance provider that always maintains the highest standards of business practices and customer service, combined with a willingness to adapt and learn about the specific needs of our industry and the values we hold as a publicly funded Community Interest Company.
"Thanks to Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance's proactive and progressive approach to working with Creative United, together we have developed terms of business that are designed to be as inclusive and accessible as possible both for the arts enterprises that we work with as members of the Own Art scheme, and their customers across the UK.
"We look forward to continuing our relationship with Hitachi Capital in the decade ahead."
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