The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund provides funding and training for regional museums and galleries to secure important strategic loans from national collections.
The grants cover up to 100% of the costs associated with securing and displaying a loan, for example security reviews, insurance, transportation, conservation, installation and invigilation.
They also support activity related to maximising the impact of the loan, such as production of marketing materials, on-site interpretation and/or audience engagement activity.
Made possible with the support of the Garfield Weston Foundation, the programme aims to encourage new and stronger relationships between regional and national museums and galleries.
We can accept applications from UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives which are:
If your museum is not fully or provisionally accredited you'll be asked to explain why, and to demonstrate a longstanding commitment to care for the collections to the same nationally recognised standard.
We’ll consider applications that:
We don’t expect you to have confirmed approval of any loan request before you apply, but you’ll be expected to demonstrate that you have discussed the details in depth with the relevant national museum partner and ascertained the conditions that will need to be met to receive the loan, and the likely costs.
£5,000-£25,000, though we are able to consider applications for more or less if there is a strong case to do so.
Over the past five years, the lending and borrowing landscape in UK museums and galleries has been the subject of increased focus, activity, training and funding. Art Fund, the National Museum Directors' Council (NMDC) and the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) invite you to join them, and colleagues from Arts Council England (ACE) and the National Museums, to:
For more information and to book a place please visit: https://sharing-collections-symposium.eventbrite.co.uk
Tickers are £35 or £25 to TEG and NMDC members, and anyone working at one of the National Art Pass network of museum partners. A number of bursaries are available to support attendance and travel, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
This symposium was made possible with support of the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.