Art Fund have just announced a new, dedicated grants programme for public museums, galleries and historic houses in the UK, specifically designed to help give newly acquired works any conservation treatment they require, as well as to enable existing works to come out of storage and be prepared for public display. It will also support public engagement associated with the grant.
The grants, ranging from £5,000 to £50,000, will help organisations to unlock new stories about objects in their collection, while ensuring they are well cared for, better displayed and researched. Art Fund’s priority area for support is for works of art and other objects of artistic interest dating from antiquity to the present day.
Exceptional cases towards conservation of a decorative or significant feature in a historic property or setting with also be considered. Applications for grants under £15,000 will be reviewed on a rolling basis; grants larger than £15,000 are linked to Art Fund’s regular board meetings.
In the last year alone, Art Fund has given £355,000 in grants dedicated to conservation, including major restorations of works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Lubaina Himid and CharlesRennie Mackintosh.
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