Treasures and masterpieces travel from national collections to museums nationwide

  • 25 February 2019

The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund has provided £200,000 in 2019 to museums across the UK, towards borrowing nationally significant works of art.

George Stubbs, Whistlejacket, 1762 and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Venus Verticordia, (1864 -1868) Whistlejacket © National Gallery, London. Venus © Russell Cotes

George Stubbs, Whistlejacket, 1762 and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Venus Verticordia, (1864 -1868)

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Whistlejacket © National Gallery, London. Venus © Russell Cotes

Today the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund announced the second round of the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund, a scheme designed to fund and empower regional and smaller local authority museums to borrow major works of art from national collections.

In 2019, the Weston Loan Programme has provided 12 museums with a total of £200,000 towards borrowing nationally significant works of art and artefacts, including loans from institutions such as the V&A and National Museums Liverpool. 2019 represents the second year of the three-year programme.

As part of the programme this year, three landscapes by JMW Turner from the Tate collection will go on display in the North of England, Egyptian mummies from the British Museum will go on loan to Wakefield Museum, and George Stubbs' iconic equine portrait Whistlejacket will travel to Milton Keynes. Ceredigion Museum in Wales will focus on sheep as a subject within art, borrowing works from Tate.

The 2019 exhibitions for the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund include:

  • Discovering Ancient Egypt, Hawick Museum, 8 March – 2 June 2019 and Montrose Museum, Angus, 8 June – 7 September 2019
  • Sheep, Ceredigion Museum, Aberyrstwyth, 5 April – 29 June 2019
  • Turner: Northern Exposure, The Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 25 May – 13 October 2019; Tullie House, Carlisle, 27 October 2019 – 5 January 2020; Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, 18 January – 19 April 2020
  • A Hostile Environment: The British in Russia 1918-1919, Green Howards Museum, Richmond, London, 28 June – 14 December 2019
  • Gateway to Eternity: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, Wakefield Museum, from 6 July 2019 onwards.
  • Coming Home, Nantgarw China Works Museum, Wales, 13 July – 28 September 2019
  • George Stubbs: ‘all done from Nature’, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 12 October 2019 – 26 January 2020
  • The Enchanted Interior, Laing Art Gallery and Museum, Newcastle, 12 October 2019 – 23 February 2020
  • Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy, Southampton City Art Gallery, 18 October 2019 – 1 February 2020; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, 21 February – 21 June 2020
  • Painter Pilgrim: The Art and Life of Tristram Hillier, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, 9 November 2019 – 20 April 2020

Hawick Museum and Montrose Museum received funding through the first year of the scheme. Carisbrooke Castle Museum is receiving funds through the second year of the programme and will realise its exhibition in early 2020.

Sophia Mason, trustee of the Garfield Weston Foundation, said: ‘We are delighted that this programme is empowering museums across the country and ensuring our national treasures can be seen by audiences in the context of their own region and local heritage.’

Stephen Deuchar, director of Art Fund, said: ‘The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund is about encouraging museums to share their collections with each other and bringing new benefit and opportunity to their visitors. We’re proud to be working with the Garfield Weston Foundation to realise this important national programme.’

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