Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund, and Preparing to Borrow 2018

Apr 30, 2018

We’re excited to announce that the next round of funding from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund will open for applications in summer 2018. The Programme is designed to directly fund and empower regional and smaller local authority museums to borrow major works or collections from the UK’s national museums and galleries.

Generously supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, the programme will distribute a further £200,000 to museums and galleries across the UK for projects that enable loans of works of art and artefacts to go on display. Grants will range from £5,000 to £25,000 and can be used to cover a range of costs, including transport, insurance, conservation, installation, and activities relating to advocacy, marketing and audience development.

The application process will open in June, and we would encourage interested UK museums to participate in one of the Preparing to Borrow workshops. These will be taking place around the country from April to June, and will be run by Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG). This training supports participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to borrow an object or exhibition, and will be an opportunity to find out more about the Weston Loan Programme. Trainers will include Government Indemnity Manager Carol Warner and National Security Advisor William Brown. The dates and locations are as follows:

• Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Belfast, 15 May 2018

• Wrexham Museum, 23 May 2018

• Cardiff Story Museum, 5 June 2018

• Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 26 June 2018

• Wellcome Collection, London, 3 July 2018

Please visit www.tegevents.eventbrite.com for more details and to book your place on the training. If you have any questions about the workshops please contact Charlotte Dew, charlotte@teg.org.uk.

For further details of the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund please visit www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/weston-loan-programme, and to discuss a potential project please contact Penny Bull, pbull@artfund.org.