Details of £1 million worth of schemes announced
- 19 September 2011
As part of the Art Fund's commitment to boost funding for museums and galleries by over 50% by 2014, this month we've announced the details of schemes worth £1 million.
As part of the Art Fund’s commitment to boost funding for museums and galleries by over 50% by 2014, this month we’ve announced the details of schemes worth £1 million that will help improve collections and curatorial expertise across the UK. Ranging from RENEW, a £600,000 initiative to help build new collections, to two schemes aimed at helping museums, galleries and individuals develop their curatorial skills.
We’re pleased to announce that 6 museums and galleries have secured a share of £600,000 worth of funding from RENEW, a scheme that will enable museums and galleries to build new collections of fine, decorative or applied art. The initiative is funded thanks to a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation as part of its 50th birthday celebrations.
The National Gallery and the Art Fund have teamed up to offer a scheme which allows regional museums to nurture the next generation of curators. We’re delighted that Manchester Art Gallery and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums have been successful in their bid to benefit from this curatorial training. The National Gallery will provide mentoring and support for two trainees to work with the collections before they are placed with the scheme’s chosen partners.
We’re also pleased to announce the Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants scheme aimed at helping curators maintain and develop their specialist knowledge and expertise so they can better support the development of their museums’ collections. With generous support from philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer, the Art Fund will award grants totalling £50,000 per year for 5 years, giving curators greater opportunities to travel and pursue research in their specialist areas.