The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund has reopened for applications. The Fund is designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to significant works held in collections across the country. The programme is generously supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and will support cultural settings to secure strategic loans and maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities. Art Fund recognises the great value of our national collections being shared more widely across the UK, and hope that museum staff, collections and audiences nationwide will benefit.
In this second phase of funding Art Fund has widened the pool of eligible lenders (to include non-nationals that lend under certain conditions) and will be holding two application rounds per year. Further details can be found in the Guidance for applicants.
Art Fund has opened the application process and welcomes proposals from non-national public museums, galleries, historic houses and other institutions with permanent collections. The application process is online, and the closing date for applications is midnight on 7 May 2020. If you’re not ready to apply in this round, there will be another round this year, and two per year in 2021 and 2022.
Full details of the programme, and advice on developing and delivering a loan project, can be found via Art Fund’s website
If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential application, please contact Penny Bull, Senior Programmes Manager
020 7225 4840
We at Guildhall Library are very pleased to announce that two of our exhibitions are now available to hire for free. If you are a museum, library, history centre, school, or any other organisation, and are interested in hiring these exhibitions, we’d love to hear from you!
Guildhall Library is a public reference library in the City of London specialising in the history of the capital, with titles dating from the 15th century to the present day, including original plague and Great Fire material.
Each exhibition consists of eight pull-up banners and is flexible enough to fit in most spaces.
The first exhibition is London’s Dreadful Visitation: The Great Plague, 1665. The Great Plague was a devastating event in the City of London, wiping out almost 100,000 people. Whether young or old, man or woman, saint or sinner, it killed mercilessly and changed London forever. Divided into clear themes, visitors are able to learn more about the pestilence, including the remedies people used; theories on the causes; and what the authorities did in response to the outbreak.
Also available is our brand new exhibition That Dreadful Fire: the Hand of God, a Great Wind and a Very Dry Season. It takes you through the story of the Great Fire and explains what you can learn through Guildhall Library’s collections, including who was to blame, its impact, and how Londoners rebuilt the City.
For more details please contact us at GHLevents@cityoflondon.gov.uk or 020 7332 1868.