Art Fund awards £600,000 to 18 museums and galleries - Museums Association

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Art Fund awards £600,000 to 18 museums and galleries

Recipients include Foundling Museum and National Videogame Museum
Art Fund Funding
The Curious Festival at the Foundling Museum
The Curious Festival at the Foundling Museum © The Foundling Museum

The Art Fund has awarded £630,729 in grants to 18 museum and gallery projects across the UK in the first round of its Respond and Reimagine programme, set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The charity received 114 applications in the first round of the grant programme – 16% of which were successful. It will award a total of £1.5m in grants throughout the programme.

“We were inundated with applications to Respond and Reimagine, evidence of the vast need among museums and galleries whose funding models have been shattered by this crisis,” said Jenny Waldman, the director of the Art Fund.

“But it is hugely encouraging to see ambitious and creative proposals from museums all over the country who are passionate about serving their local communities and engaging audiences, despite very challenging circumstances and devastating loss of income. Our help has never been in greater demand and we are grateful to Art Fund’s members and donors to our #TogetherForMuseums campaign, whose generosity allows us to support museums.

The successful projects are:

  • Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in Bath has been awarded £40,000 to support its campaign Forward to the future, a blend of digital and traditional activity to adapt to Covid-19, including the development of a new app.
  • The Box in Plymouth has been awarded £25,390 to supply visitors with a loaned stylus so they can safely interact with the exhibits and develop digital assets.
  • Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth has been awarded £40,000 to support an exhibition and digital project to engage the communities of Ceredigion in recording their experiences of Covid-19.
  • Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff has been awarded £40,000 to deliver a visual art exhibitions programme in 2021-22, support staffing and the creation of a new digital engagement programme.
  • Collective in Edinburgh has been awarded £40,000 to use insight from programming in response to Covid-19 to renew the organisation, commissioning research and digital projects with artists and audiences to improve the organisations’ civic role.
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts has been awarded £44,759 for a broad package of support towards recovery, implementing measures to support audiences, digital engagement and workforce affected by Covid-19.
  • Florence Nightingale Museum in London has been awarded £45,934 for a project drawing attention to Nightingale's health legacy in connection to Covid-19, and for the setting up of an interactive guided experience to manage social distancing, while immersing visitors in Nightingale's world at the time of her bicentenary.
  • The Foundling Museum in London has been awarded £37,000 to adapt to the new normal, focusing on the hyper-local to build new partnerships, increase collections access and engage with the community.
  • Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast has been awarded £38,000 to support the reopening of the gallery, enhance operations and staffing for the future and continue to support the visual arts in Northern Ireland.
  • Jaywick Martello Tower in Clacton-On-Sea has been awarded £23,000 towards creating safe access to a unique heritage space in an area of low cultural provision and moving their programme online.
  • National Civil War Centre in Newark has been awarded £40,000 to adapt its schools learning programme to a blended offer of film, objects travelling via loan boxes, 3D printed artefacts and live streamed sessions and workshops.
  • National Glass Centre in Sunderland has been awarded £40,000 to reimagine and adapt their glassmaking experiences offer, support new income generation opportunities and encourage visitors to return.
  • The National Videogame Museum in Sheffield has been awarded £40,000 to support the National Videogame Gallery, a key digital development facilitating collections access and online learning.
  • The Novium Museum in Chichester has been awarded £21,646 towards an ambitious collections-based digital learning programme in response to the challenges Covid-19 poses for primary schools, consisting of virtual field trips and digital interpretation of its Roman gallery.
  • Side Gallery and Cinema in Newcastle-upon-Tyne has been awarded £20,000 to install outdoor exhibitions in marginalised communities, create a virtual cinema season of screenings and talks and collect photography that documents Covid-19.
  • Void Art Centre in Derry/Londonderry has been awarded £30,000 to support the online expansion of its learning and community outreach programme Void Engage.
  • Wycombe Museum in High Wycombe has been awarded £35,000 towards a new pop-up exhibition space and community hub in a shopping centre in High Wycombe, improving collections access and trialling new ways of working.

The deadline for applications to the second round is 17 August. For more information visit

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