Cultural learning given £2.5m boost

Clore Duffield Foundation hopes grants will help organisations restart in-person learning
Jonathan Knott
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It is hoped the grants will support a return to in-person learning where possible
It is hoped the grants will support a return to in-person learning where possible Clore Duffield Foundation

The Clore Duffield Foundation is awarding £2.5m to support cultural learning at institutions across the UK.

The money will go to 66 cultural organisations that have previously received capital grants from the foundation to create Clore Learning Spaces.

Most of these spaces have not reopened following the coronavirus lockdown. The organisation hopes the new funding will be used to help restart in-person cultural learning where possible, and to retain and support learning teams.

Recipients of capital grants up to £1m will receive 10% of their original grant, and those who received more than £1m will receive 5% of the original funding. 

There are 21 museums, 19 galleries and 11 heritage organisations among the organisations receiving grants. These include national institutions such as Tate and National Galleries Scotland as well as regional institutions like Margate’s Turner Contemporary and the Hepworth Wakefield.

The foundation’s chair Vivien Duffield said it normally funds the creation of learning spaces, not their running costs, but it is concerned that despite some cultural organisations reopening to visitors, learning spaces remain closed.

"This donation is to help the institutions take the necessary precautions, and where possible start their learning programmes in person," she said. "It is of course also to help retain and support the learning teams, which are in danger of being dispersed.”

The Clore Duffield Foundation says many cultural organisations “excelled” at learning and community work during lockdown, finding innovative ways to support local people. Examples include Watts Gallery – Artist Village in Surrey, which delivered clay making packs to community groups and vulnerable children, and London’s Foundling Museum, which supported the wellbeing of care leavers.

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