£1m+ to reset museum displays post-Covid
Art Fund has today announced a further £1.145m in its grant stream aimed at making museums collections more understandable following the pandemic.
The £2m Reimagine fund was launched last October to support cultural organisations as they re-evaluate connections with their communities, with £660,000 going to develop access, expertise and digital capacity or 23 organisations.
Today a further 40 - museums, galleries, historic houses, trusts and professional networks from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, to Cardiff in Wales, Carlisle in Cumbria, and to Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland - are to share almost twice as much to help them reimagine their activities post-Covid.
The projects being supported this time are a reinterpretation of Paradise Mill, the largest collection of Jacquard silk handlooms in their original C18th-setting at The Silk Museum in Macclesfield; a new audio guide for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter, co-created with local people who have lived experience of mental health difficulty; and a series of new portrait commissions and gallery redevelopment for Judges’ Lodgings in Lancaster to re-interpret the collection.
“Art Fund’s latest Reimagine grants will allow even more cultural organisations to deepen their resilience for the future, turning some of the challenges, but also learnings, of the last two years into even greater resources for their communities” said Art Fund’s director Jenny Waldman. “Museums vitally 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.”