South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Art Fund launches fourth round of New Collecting Awards

Through the New Collecting Awards programme the Art Fund aims to support curators across the UK to build critical professional skills by pursuing new avenues of collecting for their museums. Offering 100% funding for focused collecting projects of the highest quality, the scheme enables curators to expand museum collections of fine art, design or visual culture into exciting new areas, or to deepen existing holdings in imaginative ways. Each awardee also receives a generous funding allocation towards research, travel and training costs to facilitate their proposed collecting plans and professional development.


Over the last two years 17 awards have been given totalling £1million for acquisition projects ranging from Modernist jewellery to cartographic material. Typical grant awards fall between £50,000 and £80,000 and applications are welcome from curators who are in the early stages of their career or have had limited opportunities to collect.


The deadline for applications is 13 February 2018. Please see here for further information on aims, eligibility and how to apply, and here for details of previous awardees and mentors. If anyone would be interested in applying they shouldn’t hesitate to contact Emma Coleman: ecoleman@artfund.org