Norham Castle, on the River Tweed. c1822-3. Turner, Joseph Mallord William (c), cropped

Regional museums benefit from loans programme

Simon Stephens, 27.02.2019
Twelve museums to exhibit works from national institutions
Twelve museums are sharing £200,000 in the second year of a programme designed to help regional and smaller local authority venues borrow works of art and objects from national institutions.

The three-year Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund offers grants ranging between £1,000 and £25,000 to cover costs such as transport, insurance, conservation, installation, and activities relating to advocacy, marketing and audience development.

The 2019 exhibitions for the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund include:

  • Ancient Egyptian artefacts from National Museums Scotland going on display at two Scottish venues – Hawick Museum and Montrose Museum.
  • A project at Ceredigion Museum to explore the theme of sheep in art with key loans from Tate.
  • Three venues in the north of England hosting a touring exhibition about JMW Turner – the Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed; Tullie House, Carlisle; and Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate.
  • Nantgarw China Works displaying pieces from Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales) that were created at the site 200 years ago. 
  • Wakefield Museum displaying Egyptian artefacts from the British Museum and National Museums Liverpool.
  • George Stubbs’s Whistlejacket travelling from London’s National Gallery to Milton Keynes.
  • and Pre-Raphaelite works from Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Academy travelling to Southampton and Bournemouth.

The Art Fund said that museums that took park in the programme last year saw significant increases in their visitor figures. These include Rugby Museum and Art Gallery, which had a 70% increase in attendance during its exhibition About Face, which featured artists’ portraits borrowed from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Manor House Museum in Kettering attributed a 100% increase in monthly visitors year on year to its exhibition of treasures from the British Museum.

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