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New Collecting Awards

These awards provide funding for curators to pursue new avenues of collecting for their museums and build critical professional skills.

Through the New Collecting Awards we aim to support the next generation of ambitious curators across the UK.

The awards offer 100% funding for focused collecting projects, enabling curators to expand museum and gallery collections into exciting new areas or deepen existing holdings in significant ways.

Awardees also receive a generous funding allocation for research, travel and training, plus the support of a mentor and the Art Fund team.

With this seventh round of the programme, we particularly hope to support curators to:

  • diversify representation in their collections
  • make their collections and the narratives therein more relevant to their audiences and communities

Who we'll support

We welcome applications from curators who are:

  • in the early stages of their career, or who have had limited opportunities to collect.
  • employed by or working in partnership with museums and galleries that are accredited or working towards accreditation.

We will also consider applications from freelance curators or researchers, provided you can demonstrate that you will be officially affiliated with a museum or gallery for the duration of your project, that the works acquired will join a public collection and that your participation will have a longer-term institutional impact.

In your application you will be expected to demonstrate why receiving a New Collecting Award would benefit not only your museum/gallery and its collections but also, crucially, your own professional development in a way that would not otherwise be possible.

Full details can be found in Guidance for Applicants.

Funds available

We have up to £150,000 available to award. Awards typically fall between £30,000 and £80,000.

You can apply for any amount but should demonstrate that the sum is reasonable and proportionate in relation to the type and number of works you propose to collect.

We expect that applicants will allocate up to 10% of their award for research and professional development related to their collecting project.

Credits and acknowledgments

The New Collecting Awards are made possible by a number of generous individuals and trusts including the Wolfson Foundation, the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts, and the Coral Samuel Charitable Trust.

Get in touch

You are encouraged to review the Guidance for applicants and contact us to discuss your potential project before submitting an application.

Please contact:

Ying Tan, senior programmes manager
020 7225 4866

How to apply

For application forms and to submit your application, log in to My Art Fund.

You must be registered as a professional user.

If you already have a My Art Fund account but are not registered as a professional user, you can add your professional details when logged in.

If you require the application forms in an alternative format, please contact the Programmes team.

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