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Help empower curators of the future

Curators are important storytellers who bring art to life through interpreting and uncovering hidden histories and collections.

Demand for support through programmes like Art Fund's New Collecting Awards scheme and Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants far outstrips the funds we currently have available for grant giving.

As part of our vision for 2018, help us raise more funds to benefit more curators across the UK.

Here are just a few of the unique projects our New Collecting Awards and Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants have made possible

Monkey skull headhunter’s trophy, collected by JH Hutton


Mark Elliott, senior curator, anthropology at Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), Cambridge

New Collecting Awards grant: £50,000

Thanks to our award, Mark has been able to acquire work by contemporary Indian artists and makers – updating Cambridge’s existing holdings of historical Indian art and unlocking the potential of these largely unrecognised collections.

You can see Mark’s illuminating exhibition featuring these acquisitions, ‘Another India’, until 22 April 2018 at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Advertisement poster for the state bank, 1949, USSR


Thomas Hockenhull, curator of modern money at the British Museum, London

New Collecting Awards grant: £50,000

While collecting banknotes, coins and other numismatic material from socialist governed countries, Tom was able to establish longstanding ties with galleries and institutions overseas and connect to a mentor, Professor Victor Buchli, whose guidance helped shape the project.

'Victor brought to the project boundless enthusiasm and genuine excitement about how it could be shaped and how, in turn, the process might broaden my own experience and knowledge.'

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