Patrons support: case studies

Human Tapestry, 2009

Human Tapestry, 2009. Photocollage of numerous faces and people, creating the overall pattern of a Persian carpet. Digital c-print. Made by Sadegh Tirafkan.

The British Museum has collected contemporary art from the Middle East since the 1980s.

Thanks to the support of the Contemporary and Modern Middle Eastern Art acquisitions group (CaMMEA), the Museum now has a growing collection representing over 200 established and emerging artists from across the region.

The support of these individuals allows the Museum to respond quickly to the contemporary art market, to be strategic in its collecting policy, and to place these works in the context of the Museum’s existing Middle Eastern collections.

Find out more about works funded with CaMMEA’s support 

See all works acquired with the help of CaMMEA 

More case studies

The Dance (detail). Pen and black ink, grey wash heightened with white on grey paper

Ottley Group

Members of the Ottley Group make an annual donation to the Prints and Drawings Department in support of the acquisition of Old Master and English drawings.

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Portrait of the sculptor Keith Hollingworth (detail), 1981. Handmade paperwork from dyed paper pulp

Vollard Group

The Vollard Group support the Prints and Drawings Department in the acquisition of key modern and contemporary works on paper made after 1945.

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For more information on these departmental supporter groups please contact the Patrons Officer on +44 (0)20 7323 8134 or email