Curators and expertise

New Collecting Awards

Without curators, collections are just things. For collections to become meaningful to audiences, museums need experts and visionary curators. By the end of 2019 we will have invested £1.6m in the New Collecting Awards, a major funding initiative which aims to develop the next generation of curatorial leaders across the UK.

Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants

As public funding declines, we know it is more important – and more difficult – than ever for museums to invest in curatorial research. Jonathan Ruffer grants are designed to help meet this challenge by providing funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators with collection and exhibition research projects in the UK and abroad.

Headley Fellowships with Art Fund

A programme designed to provide experienced curators with the time and resources to carry out research projects deepening specialist knowledge and expertise around their collections. It has been made possible with support of the Headley Trust.

Art Fund and AAMC Foundation Conference Travel Fellowship

A collaboration between Art Fund and the US-based Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation, to enable UK curators to travel to and attend the AAMC & AAMC Foundation annual conference in New York, network and develop relationships with their international peers.

Curatorial network grants

These grants provide funding to help Subject Specialist Networks (SSNs) and other curatorial networks develop and share knowledge, skills and resources. They are designed to be responsive to need, helping networks to capitalise on opportunities to develop and expand their activities and knowledge, to collaborate and innovate.

Other curatorial projects

We are committed to helping museums and galleries across the UK access the best support, training and knowledge. We have developed partnerships that allow national museums to share their specialist expertise with peers across the country.