Second round of New Collecting Awards gets a £100,000 increase

  • 27 July 2015

More funding will be available for the Art Fund’s landmark programme, applications for which open today.

Sarah Rothwell from National Museums Scotland – one of the winners of the New Collecting Awards' first round © National Museums Scotland

Sarah Rothwell from National Museums Scotland – one of the winners of the New Collecting Awards' first round

Following the extraordinary success of the first round, £400,000 will be available for the second phase of the New Collecting Awards; an increase of £100,000 on last year. New Collecting Awards is a pioneering funding programme run by the Art Fund which enables the next generation of aspiring curators to apply for special acquisition grants for works that broaden or deepen their organisation's collections in creative ways.

The programme responds to the reality that successful development of museum collections requires a combination of expertise, experience, vision and ambition. Successful applicants will also be given funding to further their own professional development, covering the costs of research, travel and training to support their proposed collecting plans. All of this comes with the ongoing support of a mentor, as well as the backing of Art Fund staff and trustees.


“We look forward to welcoming a second wave of ambitious curators and seeing how their projects develop.”

  • Stephen Deuchar
  • Director of the Art Fund

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: ‘We are so grateful to all supporters of the New Collecting Awards for providing even more funding for the second round. Round one brought huge interest and many applications from a variety of museums and galleries, reflecting the sector's needs and wishes to help along curatorial careers.

‘Our first round New Collecting Awardees have already commented on the positive impact their award has had on their professional development, and we look forward to welcoming a second wave of ambitious curators and seeing how their projects develop.’

The New Collecting Awards are made possible through the generous support of a consortium of funders, including the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, The Headley Trust, The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts, Richard Reed, and other contributions from private individuals.

Applications are now open, and applicants have until 4 September 2015 to submit an expression of interest. Find out how to apply.

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