Photo by Andrew Querner

Amy Nugent is a Vancouver-based cultural worker and resource developer. As the former president of Artspeak’s board, she has been recognized with a 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award from the City of Vancouver. Her own research over the past five years has focused on the history and restitution of sculptors Frances Loring (1887–1968) and Florence Wyle (1881–1968), the current state of Canadian art collections and the limited acquisition funds to support them.

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Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, 1914. Photo by Robert Flaherty
Courtesy the Art Gallery of Ontario
Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, 1914. Photo by Robert Flaherty
Courtesy the Art Gallery of Ontario

Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks

Nugent is also working on 221A’s Research Initiative Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks as an Artist Researcher. Here, Nugent brings her fellowship research forward to realize the final wishes of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle by looking to new models for sustained financial support for artists through the development of platforms on the Internet of Value.

Leveraging advances in financial technology to manage shared assets, The Sculpture Fund explores the potential of a blockchain economy to model innovative new format for the collective ownership and leveraging of the investment value of artworks.  The overall goal is develop a truly social purpose investment fund within broader economies of value and equity.


From March 2018 to August 2019, Nugent works as a 221A Fellow. Her project examines the history of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, who were crucial members of Canada’s early 20th century art history. The contributions of these artists has been unfairly eluded in national art history, and as a way to fulfill the final wishes in their last wills and testaments, Nugent’s research will develop The Sculpture Fund, a resource available to public galleries and museums for the commissioning and acquisition of sculpture by woman and non-binary artists. Public programs and a research collection at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library accompany Nugent’s research.

Bronze Peacock Clock by Frances Loring, 1914, on loan at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library from July 2018 to June 2019. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario,
Photo by Andrew Querner