Weston loan program open to requests


Museums and galleries across the UK have until August 17 to apply for the Weston Loan Program, which funds smaller museums to borrow works from national or major collections.

This is the sixth round of funding, which has supported hundreds of loans and 52 exhibitions since its launch by the Art Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation in 2017. The foundation has provided funding of over $ 1.56 million. pounds sterling on the program.

Grants of £ 5,000 to £ 25,000 are available to cover up to 100% of the costs associated with obtaining and posting a loan, from security examinations, insurance, transport and security. conservation until installation and monitoring.

Grants also help maximize the impact of loans, such as marketing, performance, and public engagement activities.

“As museums and galleries across the UK reopen, the Weston Loan Program with Art Fund can help cover the costs of bringing a wide variety of famous and interesting works of art to the regional museums that can be seen by local communities across the UK, ”said Sophia Weston, Trustee of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

“These loans establish meaningful and often lasting partnerships between local and national museums, and a chance for many more people to see incredible works of art closer to home.

“We look for museums that have brilliant ideas and encourage them to be bold and think big when considering what they would like to borrow, because we know participating in this program can be transformational.”

In 2021, the program invested £ 320,000 in 18 exhibitions across the UK, including the loan of Galloway Hoard of Viking-age objects from National Museums Scotland to an exhibition near its discovery site at Kirkcudbright Galleries.

Francesco Tuccio, The Cross of Lampedusa, 2015, © The Trustees of the British Museum

In England, the 16e– Century of Richard III will be shown in a Yorkshire Museum exhibit telling the story of his reign, while the Cross of Lampedusa – made from two pieces of a boat that was destroyed in 2013 causing the deaths of 311 refugees – will be on loan from the British Museum to Hastings Museum for an exhibition co-organized with local migrants.

For the sixth round of funding, the Art Fund said it would consider applications that enhance already planned exhibitions, allow “quick win” loan applications and support long-term relationships and exhibition development.

Full details on the application criteria and modalities are available on the Art Fund website.


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