Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants: Recent awards

Below we’ve highlighted a few previous grant awards to give an idea of the level and scope of activities we support. However, we want to hear about any plans you may have, so get in touch, share your ideas and see how we could help you realise your curatorial ambitions.

  • Christopher Young, Collections Access Assistant at Preston Park Museum and Grounds was awarded a grant of £2,397 to conduct research into the museum’s collection of watercolours created by Colonel G.O. Spence during the First World War. The project explored this local war hero’s perspective of the Western Front and contributed to an exhibition, Spence: The Art of War.
  • Jan Freedman, Curator of Natural History at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery was awarded a grant of £1,500 to visit natural history museums in the US and undertake research on public engagement and learning activities around displays of Pleistocene mammals. 
  • John Heffernan, Head of Exhibitions and Audience Development at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh used his grant of £2,785 to research curatorial approaches within the private museum sector in the US.
  • Victoria Howarth (Jerwood Gallery) was fortunate enough to be awarded a curatorial research placement at the Yale Center for British Art. Victoria applied for a grant of £2,090 to enable her to extend her stay in New York to visit renowned art institutions, network with colleagues and research future exhibition plans.
  • Frances Willis, Assistant Librarian at the National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum received a grant of £300 to attend a short course on European bookbinding at the London Rare Books School. The experience gained through this course will help Frances in enhancing the museum’s collection catalogue and developing their group talks programme.
  • Sarah Worden, Senior Curator of African Collections at National Museums Scotland was awarded a grant of £1,000 to travel to Uganda and undertake research on bark cloth. The trip provided contextual knowledge for the museum’s existing collections, and gave Sarah the opportunity to make new acquisitions.