Most museums have works in store that require conservation before they can be displayed. But in today’s difficult financial climate, very little money is available to prepare them for public display.
As demand increases for funds to restore and protect objects and works of art, help us bring overlooked works out of the shadows and ensure they’re seen by generations to come.
Thanks to a grant we made towards the conservation of this mixed-media piece, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art were able to clean this fragile work and create a suitable t-frame to protect it – enabling the gallery to continue sparking conversations around black history.
Conservator Richard Hawkes undertaking work on Toussaint L’Ouverture (1987) by Lubaina
Himid at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, 2018. Image courtesy Richard Hawkes ACR, Artworks Conservation
Reassembled, restored and conserved, a major project to redisplay a complete Charles Rennie Mackintosh tearoom interior means it can be seen for the first time in nearly 50 years. Designed in 1907, the Oak Room - which includes the stunning oak panelling and leaded purple glass windows – will sit proudly in the V&A Dundee, opening September 2018.
Fragment of stained glass © Ross Fraser McLean
Kept from display due to its poor condition, this work, previously on long-term loan, was brought out of the shadows thanks to our grant towards its acquisition, which included funds for a conservation programme.
Exhibited in 2017 for the first time since 1973, it helped Ferens Art Gallery capitalise on renewed local and national interest in its important Italian Renaissance and baroque collection.
Valerio Castello, Tobias Healing the Blind Tobit, c1650, Ferens Art Gallery, Art Funded 2016
All donations made towards suporting conservation for collections in museums will be restricted to this fund only. For full terms and conditions please visit artfund.org/terms