Art Fund launches £300,000 'X Factor for curators'

  • 25 September 2014

Could you be the next big thing in curating? Applications are now open for the New Collecting Awards, a new funding programme dedicated to supporting the new generation of curators.

Susan Derges, Arch 2 (Winter), Digital C-Print on paper, 2007-8 Presented by the Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to the University of Dundee. Courtesy of the artist

Called the New Collecting Awards, the scheme will make £300,000 available in its first year to support curators and develop museum collections across the UK. The Art Fund will be offering special acquisition grants to help a new generation of curators to hone their skills, broaden or deepen their collections in imaginative ways, and foster curatorial expertise for individuals and institutions.

Recipients of the awards will also receive funding to further their own professional development, covering the costs of research, travel and training to support their proposed collecting plans. They will also receive the ongoing support of a mentor, as well as the backing of Art Fund staff and trustees.

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: 'You might say this programme is a little like an X Factor for curators. We’re looking for curators on the up – for whom receiving a New Collecting Award would be a big break and a unique contribution to their professional development.

'The scheme acknowledges that the excellent development of collections requires real curatorial vision and ambition, and we’re pleased to be providing new funding specifically to encourage this.'

New Collecting Awards is made possible through the generous support of a consortium of funders, including the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement, The Wolfson Foundation and The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts, as well as contributions from private individuals.

Applications are open now, and applicants have until 7 November 2014 to submit an Expression of Interest. Find out how to apply.

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