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Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme

In 2012 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 there have been a number of good quality applications received – in 2013 year alone the fund supported 47 curators to undertake research projects of all sizes, in 37 institutions across the United Kingdom.  As the funding is awarded to individuals, they are happy to accept simultaneous applications from curators who work within the same museum or museums service. Full details on the programme and some of the awards already made can be found on the Art Fund website.

While they want to encourage applications for relatively small grants to cover all aspects of curatorial research in its widest sense they also accept applications for £1,500 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 Wednesday 15 January. Following this deadline there will only be two more for applications above £1,500 in 2014.

If you would like more information or to discuss an application please contact Rachael


0207 225 4816

The Art Fund

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7 Cromwell Place