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Art Fund launches a new Conservation Grants programme

We are delighted to share the news that our colleagues at Art Fund have developed a new grants programme for the conservation of cultural heritage in public museums, galleries and historic houses in the UK. This exciting initiative is specifically designed to help ensure that newly acquired objects receive the conservation treatment that they require. The scheme will also enable works that are already held in collections to be brought out of storage and prepared for public display. Institutions can apply for grants between £5,000 and £50,000.

Icon has been working with Art Fund to help develop the criteria for the grants programme and the associated guidance for applicants. We are especially pleased that Art Fund is committed to supporting high professional standards in the care of objects and understands the importance of Icon accreditation. To ensure that the proposed remedial treatments are appropriate applicants will therefore be required to submit a conservation report commissioned from an Icon accredited conservator detailing the current condition of the object and the proposed course of treatment as part of their grant application.

The priority areas for support in this new scheme are works of art and other objects of artistic interest dating from antiquity to the present day. The aim of the programme is to help organisations to unlock new stories about the objects in their collection, while ensuring the objects are well cared for, better displayed and more fully researched. Grants will also support public engagement activities associated with the chosen object. This has the potential to provide excellent opportunities for Icon accredited conservators to showcase their skills and to help members of the public understand the value of their work.

You can find out more about this exciting new scheme on Art Fund’s website and we hope to be able to share some of the project stories in due course.


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