New £2m fund to help museums make ‘miracles on a shoestring’

Art Fund today announces the first round of a new £2m grant stream, Reimagine, to enable museums, galleries and historic houses to connect with their communities better.

The Remagine grants will support large and small projects and professional networks, and today 22 organisations are being given a total of £660,000 to develop access, expertise and digital capacity.

Among the projects to be supported are: an exploration of the human history of The Clifton Suspension Bridge near Bristol, with couples from all over the world who have chosen the bridge to get engaged at; community quilt-making at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute; an exhibition of 70 years of ceramics by women of colour from West Africa through the diaspora to the UK at Two Temple Place in London; and Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, once a centre for medieval contemplation and spirituality in Cheshire (pictured), will revisit its Augustinian roots to provide a 21st century place for well-being and mindfulness.

“Art Fund’s new Reimagine grants will allow many more museums to understand, and work deeply with, their communities” said Art Fund’s director Jenny Waldman. “Museums often produce what seem like miracles on a shoestring, but they need enhanced resources - such as in digital, specialist support and staffing - to truly build for the future. We are proud to support these impressive projects, something we could not have done without the exceptional generosity of our members and donors.”

A second round of grants will be announced in November and the deadline for submissions for the third and final round of 2021 Reimagine grants is 11 October with recipients being announced in December. Organisations can apply for between £5,000 and £50,000, and 71 applications were received in the first round.


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