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Meet the latest winners of our New Collecting Awards

Introducing the next six recipients of our £300,000 New Collecting Awards programme, which invests in the development of some of the UK’s rising curators.

The next six recipients of our New Collecting Awards have been announced.

The winning proposals include the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, in acquiring currencies of conflict and dissent, and a project by Glasgow Museums to strengthen its holdings of work by black artists, exploring race, diversity and the slave trade.

Now in its fourth year, the programme responds to the need for ongoing collections development in museums, underpinned by curatorial experience, vision and ambition. Award recipients receive a budget for acquisitions, a specific funding allocation dedicated to their own professional development to spend on research, travel and training costs, plus the ongoing support of Art Fund staff, trustees and a mentor.

The fourth round of the New Collecting Awards is made possible through the generous support of a consortium of funders including the Vivmar Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, KMF Maxwell Stuart Charitable Trust and contributions from private individuals.

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, said: 'Museum collections can take on new life in the hands of visionary staff, and the New Collecting Awards aim to help UK museums by offering a unique opportunity to their most promising and adventurous curators.'

The 2018 winners are:

  • Isabel Seligman, Bridget Riley Art Foundation curator at the British Museum, London, awarded £50,000 to acquire drawings by emerging British artists. Mentor: Katharine Stout, Deputy Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Danielle Thom, curator of making at the Museum of London, awarded £65,000 to build a collection of work reflecting the relationship between craft and design within the context of the cultural and economic life of modern London. Mentor: Alun Graves, Senior Curator at the V&A
  • Richard Kelleher, assistant keeper at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, awarded £40,000 to collect currencies of conflict and dissent from the past 500 years. Mentor: Dan Hicks, Curator of Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Lena Fritsch, curator, modern and contemporary art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, awarded £55,000 to acquire Neo-Expressionist prints and drawings. Mentor: Andrea Schlieker, Director of Commissions and Special Projects at the White Cube Gallery
  • Lisa Mason, assistant curator, modern and contemporary design at National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, awarded £22,000 to develop a collection of modernist textiles with a focus on Scottish designers, Scottish textile heritage and national identity. Mentor: Mary Schoeser, textile historian
  • Tiffany Boyle and Jessica Carden, independent curators, Mother Tongue, supported by Glasgow Museums, awarded £70,000 towards acquiring works by black artists which address the gaps in Glasgow Museums’ holdings, exploring issues of race and diversity and confronting Glasgow’s role in the Transatlantic slave trade. Mentor: Lubaina Himid, artist and Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire

Today’s announcement follows on from three other successful rounds, meaning that, to date, 23 curators have benefited through the scheme, developing collections within their institutions. Awards through the scheme now total over £1.3 million.

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