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The Art Fund's new exhibit goes to Bilston Craft Gallery.

Byline: Terry Grimley , ,

Bilston Craft Gallery has emerged as one of five winners in a competition, organised by The Art Fund, to win a new exhibit.

Ten museums and galleries were shortlisted from an initial entry of 23 for the Art Fund Collect challenge of selecting a work from the Crafts Council's international fair Collect, held over the weekend at London's Saatchi Gallery.

Curators were given just an hour to select their chosen work and then make a case for why the Arts Fund should help them to acquire it. Emma Daker, the contemporary craft curator at Bilston, chose Propagation Project; Lichen Petals, 2009 by Junko Mori for pounds 8,500.

The highly dramatic, naturalistic work imitates the formation of lichen and is characteristic of Mori's innovative style.

Made from hand-forged steel, the acquisition is particularly significant to the Bilston Craft Gallery because of

Junko Mori was born in Japan and trained in Tokyo before completing a BA in Silversmithing & Metalwork atCamberwellCollegWolverhampton'shistory as a centre for steelmanufacturing. e of Arts, London. She has exhibited internationally and another work by her, Silver Organism, was acquired by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery through its participation in the Contemporary Art Society's special collections scheme.

Andrew Macdonald, deputy director of The Art Fund, said: "These five museums have each come away with a beautiful and inspiring objects representing the very best in contemporary craft.

"Art Fund Collect is proving to be a wonderful way for curators to be bold and select outstanding works ahead of private buyers, for the public to enjoy."

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