This funding programme enables promising and ambitious curators to build critical professional skills by pursuing new avenues of collecting for their museums.
Applications for the fourth round of the scheme are now open.
The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 13 February 2018. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to present to the New Collecting Awards panel in late April 2018.
Through the New Collecting Awards programme we aim to support the next generation of curatorial leaders across the UK. The awards promote the value of research-led collecting and foster curatorial expertise at both individual and institutional levels, enriching museum practice long-term.
Offering 100% funding for focused collecting projects of the highest quality, the scheme enables curators to expand museum collections of fine art, design or visual culture into exciting new areas, or to deepen existing holdings in imaginative ways.
Each awardee also receives a generous funding allocation towards research, travel and training costs to facilitate their proposed collecting plans and professional development. Additionally, they are offered the ongoing support of a mentor, Art Fund staff and our trustees.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from curators who are either in the early stages of their career or have had limited opportunities to collect.
We expect applicants to be in full- or part-time employment at a fully or provisionally accredited museum or gallery. We will also consider applications from freelance curators or researchers, provided they can demonstrate that they will be officially affiliated with an accredited museum or gallery for the duration of the project and that their participation will have a longer-term institutional impact.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate why receiving a New Collecting Award would benefit not only their museum and its collections but also, crucially, their own professional development in a way that would not otherwise be possible.
How much can you apply for?
Typical grant awards fall between £50,000 and £80,000. Curators can apply for any amount but will be expected to demonstrate that the sum is reasonable and proportionate in relation to the types and number of works they propose to collect.
With generous support from the KMF Maxwell Stuart Charitable Trust, one award will be ringfenced for a curator working with a collection in a museum or gallery in Scotland.
The allocation for professional development is ringfenced at 10% of the total sum awarded.
Please note that we retain the right to award a reduced grant for either planned acquisitions or professional development at our own discretion.
The New Collecting Awards are made possible by a number of generous individuals and trusts including the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, the Ruddock Foundation of the Arts, the Headley Trust and the Vivmar Foundation.
Art Fund have just opened applications for their annual Museum of the Year prize. Each year, Art Fund award one museum a prize of £100,000 for their achievements over the preceding year, while each of the other finalists receives £10,000 in recognition of their success. Applications close 7th February 2017 with the announcement made on 5th July 2017.
For more information visit the Art Fund website.
Applications for the third round of the Art Fund’s New Collecting Awards are now being accepted.
By offering 100% of the funding required for collecting projects of the highest quality, the scheme enables curators to expand museum collections of fine art, design or visual culture into exciting new areas, or deepen existing holdings in imaginative ways. Each awardee also receives a generous funding allocation towards research, travel and training costs, and the ongoing support of a dedicated mentor.
Over the last two years 11 curators have received a New Collecting Award, for acquisition projects ranging from Soviet numismatic material to light-based art. Prospective applicants may wish to note that the majority of previous awards have been for modern and contemporary holdings, and whilst we welcome further applications in these areas, we are also keen to encourage curators with an interest in historic collections to apply.
Development Manager, Legacies, Gifts and Bequests
Permanent Part Time Contract (3 days per week)
Salary £35,000 (FTE)
Closing Date: 10th October 2016
Art Fund helps museums and galleries take their ambitions for their collections and audiences further. With acquisitions funding at its core, their charitable programme also supports the development of curatorial expertise and activities to engage wider audiences.
A rare opportunity has arisen to join Art Fund as a specialist in legacy fundraising, leading on the promotion of legacy giving, the stewardship of legacy pledgers and the administration of legacy gifts.
Legacies make up around 20% of Art Fund’s annual income, with gifts ranging from a few thousand pounds to several million. They also facilitate the gifting of works of art to museums and galleries by collectors during and after their lifetimes. This role underpins their work with legators and donors both through one to one relationship building and marketing strategies to reach wider audiences.
The successful candidate will have extensive experience of managing the promotion and administration of legacy gifts and the ability to advise and guide donors in relation to gifts of works of art.
The Art Fund is offering 66 fully funded places for curators for selected events at this year’s ICA Artists’ Film Biennial.
The ICA Artists’ Film Biennial 2016, supported by the Art Fund, is a five-day celebration of artists’ film and moving image, taking place at the ICA from 25 to 29 May 2016. The biennial, now in its second edition, will offer audiences the opportunity to see some of the best new film and rarely seen works in one place, and engage directly with artists, curators and industry practitioners from all over the world.
At the centre of the programme are the profile screenings, presenting comprehensive bodies of work by American artist Ellen Cantor and Norwegian artist Lars Laumann. Artists Ahmet Öğüt, Charlotte Prodger, Martine Syms and Ming Wong will present works as part of the artist-selected screenings. The ICA will also host a series of events exploring the interconnected relationship between the artist, production, distribution, collection, and exhibition of artists’ moving image. Presentations and panel discussions will draw upon key individuals from Film and Video Umbrella (FVU), the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), Frieze, HOME, LUX and Soda Film + Art.
Applications are open to all museum and gallery professionals who work with public collections. For further information, please see here.
The Art Fund have announced that philanthropist and patron Jonathan Ruffer has generously increased his support for their curatorial grants programme by 50%, rising from £50,000 to £75,000 per year. The programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators from museums large and small undertake collection and exhibition research projects within the UK or anywhere in the world.
Since its inception in 2012 the scheme has benefitted over 200 curators in 130 institutions. Applications for grants under £1,500 can be accepted at any time, while applications over £1,500 are only considered three times a year. The deadlines for 2016 are as follows:
- Wednesday 20 January
- Wednesday 20 May
- Wednesday 14 September
Full details on the scheme and the application process can be found on their website here.
Entry to the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2016 is now open. The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year celebrates museums and galleries across the UK, annually awarding one outstanding winner £100,000.
The Prize champions what museums do, encourages more people to visit, and gets to the heart of what makes a truly outstanding museum. The judges will present the 2016 Prize to the museum or gallery that has best achieved some or all of the following criteria:
- Undertaken projects that will provide a lasting legacy or have a transformative effect on the museum.
- Brought its collections to life for audiences – engaging, inspiring and extending public understanding.
- Delivered an original audience development, learning or outreach programme.
- Clearly won the support and enthusiasm of its visitors and users.
To apply, please download and carefully read the information pack. Applications close on 10 February at 12noon. Late applications will not be considered.
If you are registered as a curator/museum worker on artfund.org, log in to access the application form. Otherwise, register now.
If you are registered on artfund.org, but not as a curator (ie you didn’t register through our grants form), please contact programmes manager Rachael Browning. Please also contact Rachael if you have any other problems with your application.
Navigating the Art Market
The Art Fund has announced a refreshed version of their Navigating the Art Market professional development course for 2016. Developed in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the course is designed to promote a practical understanding of the art market through a combination of online learning and seminars in London, with spaces fully-funded by the Art Fund. It is targeted at early career curators with limited experience of engaging with the art market, and more experienced curators wishing to refresh their knowledge.
In 2016 the course will be delivered in two parts, each comprising two online sessions and a seminar day. The first part will take place from mid-February to early March, and the second from mid-April to early May.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 29 January.
To find out more and to apply for a place please see here
Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme
The Art Fund has also announced that philanthropist and patron Jonathan Ruffer has generously increased his support for the curatorial grants programme by 50%, from £50,000 to £75,000 per year. This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators from museums large and small undertake collection and exhibition research projects within the UK or anywhere in the world; since its inception in 2012 the scheme has benefited over 200 curators in 130 institutions. Applications for grants under £1,500 can be accepted at any time, while applications over £1,500 are only considered three times a year. The deadlines for 2016 are as follows:
· Wednesday 20th January
· Wednesday 20th May
· Wednesday 14th September
Full details on the scheme and the application process can be found here.
We’re announcing the winner of this year’s Prize on 1 July. Watch our films about the finalist museums to find out why our judges picked them for the shortlist
Dunham Massey (National Trust), Altrincham
To mark the First World War centenary, this beautiful Georgian mansion was transformed back into Stamford Military Hospital, with live recreations of stories from its archives.
Following an incredible £40m renovation, London’s flagship war museum reopened in July 2014, 100 years after the First World War began.
Belfast’s new arts venue presented an outstanding programme in 2014 and established itself as a world-class contemporary art gallery.
The museum reopened in 2014 after a spectacular renovation of its neo-Gothic building, and with a lively new public engagement programme.
HM Tower of London (Historic Royal Palaces)
Last year the Tower displayed the stunning installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red: 888,246 ceramic red poppies representing fallen British and Colonial serviceman.
The Whitworth, Manchester
In 2014 the gallery underwent a radical £15m transformation, doubling in size – and while it was closed, ran a series of experimental pop-up events.