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Weston Loan Programme

This programme provides funding for museums and galleries to borrow works from national collections, encouraging the sharing of works more widely across the UK.

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.

Take a look at some of the loans we’ve supported so far, across the first and second rounds of funding.

Who should apply

We can accept applications from UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives which are:

  • regional and/or run by local authorities or universities, or have independent Trust status
  • open for at least half the week for at least six months of the year (but we’d be happy to discuss this further)
  • at least provisionally accredited

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:

  • enhance or maximise the possibilities of already planned loans/exhibitions/programming
  • enable ‘quickfire’ and ‘quick win’ loan requests
  • support long-term relationship and display development

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.

Funds available

£5,000-£25,000, though we are able to consider applications for more or less if there is a strong case to do so.

Preparing to Borrow workshops

Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) will be delivering a series of workshops this summer (2019) to support participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to borrow an object or exhibition. Workshops will be taking place as follows:

Workshops are delivered by a TEG trainer, William Brown, National Security Advisor, Carol Warner, Government Indemnity Manager, a member of Art Fund’s programmes team, and a representative from Arts Council England, who will introduce Project Grants for Museums.

It is recommended that anyone planning to apply to the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund attends a workshop.

For more information or to book, click on the links above or visit TEG's Eventbrite page

Get in touch

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

Please contact:

Penny Bull, senior programmes manager
020 7225 4840

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