26 April 2013

Art Fund Curatorial Grants

Pier Arts Centre were awarded a grant to visit Frieze Art Fair in London 

In 2012 the Art Fund launched a new £50,000 annual funding stream aimed at helping maintain and develop curatorial expertise in UK museums.  The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators from museums large and small undertake collection and exhibition research projects within the UK or anywhere in the world.

Since the scheme has launched a good number and quality of applications have been received – supporting nearly 40 curators to undertake research projects of all sizes, in nearly 30 institutions across the United Kingdom.  As the funding is awarded to individuals simultaneous applications from curators who work within the same museum or museums service are acceptable. Full details on the programme and some of the awards already made can be found on the Art Fund website

The Art Fund want to make sure that as many museum and gallery professionals as possible know about this scheme and benefit from it.

Applications for relatively small grants to cover all aspects of curatorial research in its widest sense are encouraged the Art Fund also accept applications for £2,000 or over to support more extensive, ambitious or far-flung research projects. Applications can also be made jointly by two or more curators who wish to work on a project together. The next deadline for large applications is on 15 May. Following this deadline there will only be one more for applications above £2,000 in 2013. Do not hesitate to contact the Art Fund to discuss applications. 

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