Art Fund announces new funding scheme

  • Published 20 June 2011

£600,000 available for RENEW - a new collecting initiative supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Kate Brindley and Gareth Delahunty visiting Ellsworth Kelly studio, © 2009, J Sheer

Kate Brindley and Gareth Delahunty visiting Ellsworth Kelly studio, © 2009, J Sheer

The Art Fund is delighted to announce a new £600,000 initiative supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help build collections in UK museums.

As part of its 50th birthday celebrations the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has generously awarded us a grant to support RENEW, a funding scheme that will give 100% funding to enable up to six new collections of fine, decorative or applied art to be created. A two-year scheme, RENEW is at the heart of our programme of charitable activity and sits alongside reactive grant-making schemes for acquisitions.

RENEW aims to encourage future centres of excellence by supporting fresh areas of collecting in museums and galleries. We are looking for proposals that will enable museums of all kinds to take new approaches to collecting high quality works which connect or develop their existing collections, or stimulate new areas of collecting – in unexpected, ambitious, creative but relevant ways. These proposals should deliver demonstrable public benefit and contribute to the long-term vitality of collecting.

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: “The generous gift from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will drive this really innovative scheme to encourage new kinds of collecting in UK museums and galleries. I can't wait to see the results."

To find out more and download the information pack and application form visit the RENEW page.