Art Fund Grants to Support the Commission of New Work
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Art Fund recognise that there are distinct opportunities and fundraising challenges in realising a commission, and that the acquisition of a commission can be conceptualised and carried out in many different ways. Grants are available to all public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives in the UK or Channel Islands to support the commissioning process.
Commissioned work often has a singular ability to respond and reveal new aspects to collections or places in direct, timely ways, and commissioning an artist/s to create a new work of art for a museum collection can help to forge closer relationships with artists and audiences.
Applications for commissions are considered as a part of our Acquisitions programme. As any commissions should be of international, national, or regional significance. They recognise, however, that there are distinct opportunities and fundraising challenges in realising a commission, and that the acquisition of a commission can be conceptualised and carried out in many different ways; for example, as a unique permanent artwork that can be accessioned into a public collection, or as a temporary, ephemeral or performance piece that may only have a permanent legacy in the form of archival material. For your application to be successful you will also need to make a strong case in the following three areas:
- Benefit to the Artist
- Benefit to the Organisation
- Benefit to Audiences
Applications towards support for commissions need to demonstrate the impact of the work of art within the context of all three areas above.
- Main grants: grant requests of above £7,500 and/or where the total cost of the work is more than £15,000.
- Small grants: grant requests of £7,500 or less where the total cost of the work is £15,000 or less.
There are several deadlines per year for applications for main grants. These deadlines correspond to Art Fund Trustee meetings. Please contact the Programme’s office at the Art Fund for these deadlines. Applications for small grants can be submitted at any time.