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Student opportunities

Harness the talent of university students to help realise a project at your museum or gallery. Apply for a grant to pay the students and receive support in recruiting candidates from our network of students.

Deadline and funding range

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

We ask applicants to allow at least eight weeks between submitting applications and the time by which they need a decision.

We will consider applications for up to £10,000.

We will consider 100% funding towards the costs associated with paying students for their time to help cultural organisations deliver projects.

Student Opportunities benefit both museums and galleries and students in a range of exciting and transformative ways. Students can explore an interest in the arts alongside future career options, while providing organisations with a skilled and accountable resource.

Benefits for museums and galleries:

  • build knowledge of how to effectively engage youth/student audiences by working directly with students
  • develop a wider and more diverse range of voices within your organisation
  • help develop the diversity of the whole cultural sector, creating a fit for purpose and engaged workforce
  • payment assures students take their responsibilities seriously and are a reliable and accountable resource

Benefit for students:

  • training that empowers them to feel confident in their area of responsibility and develop skills
  • practical experience of working within an arts organisation, helping them to build their CV
  • an increased awareness of the range of careers available in the cultural sector.
  • networking opportunities with arts professionals and other students across the UK
  • the opportunity to help diversify the voices that contribute to how arts organisations operate, enhancing cultural experiences for all young people

Why are we funding Student Opportunities?

Art Fund has had a relationship with students since 2017 when we launched the Student Art Pass nationally, helping students overcome price and awareness barriers to visiting more often. Our student members have told us that they want to go ‘beyond visiting’ and become active collaborators and participants in the world of art and culture. To open pathways into the arts, we offer regular creative competitions and paid opportunities in collaboration with museums and galleries, and this has fast become one of the most popular membership benefits we offer.

In addition to providing funding, the Student Art Pass team can assist you with audience insights to help you shape the marketing of your opportunity to appeal to young people, and assist with recruitment by promoting it to the 23,500 Student Art Pass members who are located across the UK. We look to support opportunities that are relevant and accessible to as many as possible within this community.

What we’ll fund

We encourage applications that focus on facilitating public engagement with art – whether that be online or in real life. We will fund the costs associated with paying students for the time they spend supporting your organisation in delivering projects. This is based on the following:

  • £10.75 an hour for activity taking place in London (London Living Wage)
  • £8.72 an hour for activity taking place outside of London (National Living Wage)

We cannot fund

  • Core staff costs
  • Costs relating to ongoing overheads
  • Retrospective funding for projects that have already been delivered

Who we’ll support

We will consider applications from UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives that:

  • have a public presence (eg a building open to the public) or a public outcome (eg a festival or public art programme)
  • can demonstrate that they operate to standards of best practice within the sector (eg through Arts Council England accreditation)

Please note that all participating students will be contracted to work for you, the partner organisation, via your HR team.

All grant recipients will be asked to sign our conditions for paid opportunities.

Get in touch

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

Please contact:

Robert Dingle, programme partnerships manager
020 7225 4871
rdingle@artfund.org

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 application forms in an alternative format, please contact the Programmes team

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Case study

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery Youth Panel 19/20

In April 2019 the RAMM was awarded a grant to recruit its first ever Youth Panel. The museum formed the panel with the aim of drawing younger and more diverse audiences, through the co-curation of a public programme specifically designed to appeal to 18-25-year-olds.

  • Grant awarded: £8,028
  • Students recruited: 12
  • Students paid: £8.36 per hour (national living wage)
  • Student time commitment: One full day a month for 12 months

Outcomes

Two Exhibitions

The panel worked with an archaeologist to choose objects to be displayed in RAMM's Viewpoint Gallery, and worked with a local photographer to produce their own body of photographic work, 'Books, Bars and Beyond', for an exhibition in RAMM’s café and digital exhibition space.

Best ever Museum Lates

The panel planned a programme of music, dance, art, talks and creative activities for their RAMM Late, making use of the many societies active at Exeter University. This drew in the highest ever number of attendees to a RAMM Lates event and the highest ever number of young people.

Social engagement

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the panel ran several social media campaigns including; ‘choose a RAMM object’, ‘what do you collect?’ and ‘ask a member of staff a question’.

‘’Working with this group of young people has benefited the museum enormously. Having a range of fresh perspectives and new ideas has enriched both the team and museum output.’’

Sophie Habour, RAMM Engagement Officer

“I loved my time at the RAMM, not just because the Museum was a fascinating place to work as a student, but as I truly valued the freedom and support we were given as a panel to implement our own ideas."

Laura Fagan, Youth Panel 2019/20

Organisations we have partnered with

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