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.
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
Applications deadline is 10 September 2019
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.