We develop partnerships that help to nurture the best possible training and support for curators and ensure our museums and galleries continue to thrive.
The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme
Through consulting our colleagues across the sector we have learned that one of the main barriers to curatorial development is a lack of funding for travel and research. This means that curators have fewer opportunities to deepen their understanding and engagement with the collections in their care, or to develop expertise.
The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme was developed with this research in mind and helps curators working with fine and applied art collections maintain and develop their specialist knowledge and expertise. The scheme has been created with the generous help and guidance of Jonathan Ruffer and Anthony Mould, who share with us a belief in the importance of nurturing curatorial skills and supporting serious research. We will be awarding grants totaling £50,000 annually through this programme.
Art Fund and Whitechapel Gallery: Careers in the Visual Arts courses
We’ve teamed up with the Whitechapel Gallery to support their new Careers in the Visual Arts courses. These day-long courses delivered by leading art professionals will cover four different fields of work within the visual arts. Each course will offer its attendees insights into the daily activities, institutions, networks and theory of their chosen field, and offer practical advice on improving their skills and knowledge in this area. The Art Fund is pleased to be offering five fully funded places for curators on each of the courses. (Standard course fee is £195.)
For further details on each course please see the Whitechapel Gallery website.
Art Fund and National Gallery Curatorial Traineeships
We’ve teamed up with the National Gallery to offer two fully funded curatorial traineeships specialising in Old Master painting. Aimed at nurturing the next generation of curators, the scheme delivers practical guidance for each trainee at the National Gallery and an appointed regional museum, at which each trainee works on a specific curatorial project. The scheme lasts for 22 months, during which time the National Gallery will provide mentoring and support for both trainees to work with the collections.
The second pair of trainees began their traineeships at the National Gallery in September 2013, and will move to regional partner museums in spring 2013. Helen Hillyard and Eloise Donnelly will be working on projects at Birmingham Museums Trust and York Art Gallery until July 2015. Read Helen and Eloise's blog to find out how they are getting on.
The inaugural programme saw trainees Henrietta Ward and Philippa Stephenson curate exhibitions at the programme's first two partner museums: Home, Land and Sea at Manchester Art Gallery and Divine Bodies at Laing Art Gallery, respectively.
Sotheby's Institute Course
Navigating the Art Market, developed in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art, is a course providing early career curators, and curators interested in developing their collecting ambitions, with a relevant, practical understanding of the workings of the art market.