Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants

This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators undertake collection and exhibition research projects in the UK or abroad.

Our Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants support UK curators, museum professionals and researchers to undertake travel or other activities that will extend and develop their curatorial expertise, collections-based knowledge and art historical interests.

Established with the support of Jonathan Ruffer and Anthony Mould, who share our belief in the importance of developing curatorial skills and supporting serious research, the grants are available to support, for example:

  • travel and accommodation for research trips and conferences
  • museum and exhibition visits
  • training courses and programmes of study
  • books and subscriptions to add to a museum’s research resources or library
  • other kinds of activity where a strong case can be made for its contribution to the development of curatorial skills and collections-based research projects

There are two categories of grant available, £200-£2,000 and £2,001+, and we have £75,000 in total to give annually.

Past Ruffer grants have supported everything from travel to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh for Eleanor Nairne, curator of the 2017 exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican, to then curator of Dulwich Picture Gallery Xavier Bray’s research into the relationship between Goya and Gainsborough. Since 2012 we have helped 321 curators, scholars and researchers with 294 projects.

For details on the sort of activities we can support, full information on eligibility and how to apply, download our Guidance for Applicants.

You are encouraged to contact the Programmes team at Art Fund to discuss your potential project before submitting an application. Please get in touch on 020 7225 4822 or