Funding: Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants

The 2017 deadlines for Art Fund’s curatorial grants scheme have been announced. Since the programme launched in 2012 Art Fund has helped 247 curators, scholars and researchers with 225 projects. Last year the annual pot of funding increased by 50% to £75,000.

Grants are for travel and other practical costs to help curators undertake collection and exhibition research projects in the UK or abroad.

The programme is open to curators who work across the full range of fine and applied art collections in museums and galleries that hold at least provisional accreditation and are open to the public. In addition, in recognition of the need for new skills, knowledge and research to benefit museum collections for the future, these grants are also available to researchers, art historians and academics from other relevant and related disciplines, retired curators, and other museum professionals who plan to work within and alongside museums to improve the use and understanding of their fine and applied art collections.

Applications from individuals not based in a museum or gallery must be accompanied by a letter of support from an accredited, or provisionally accredited, public collection.

Full details on the programme and some of the awards we have already made can be found on the Art Fund website here.

Applications between £200 and £1,500 are accepted at any point throughout the year.

Applications of £1,501 and above are considered at committee meetings three times a year. The deadlines for these are 27 February 2017, 2 May 2017 and 25 September 2017

If you would like to talk about your research ambitions and discuss potential projects, you are encouraged to get in touch with Art Fund at or on 0207 225 4822.

Source: South West Federation of Museum and Galleries


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