Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund (UK) (Collections)

Posted: Monday, 01 May 2017

Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund is a programme designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections in the UK.

Alongside Arts Council England's funding scheme 'Ready to Borrow' and the Touring Exhibition Group initiative 'Preparing to Borrow', and other national programmes, the Weston Loan Programme will provide funding for regional museums to secure important strategic loans and maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities.

The programme will open for applications in July 2017, and further details will be made available online shortly. In the meantime, for further information and to discuss a potential project please contact Penny Bull via pbull@artfund.org or 020 7225 4840.


To support the costs of new loans of works of art and artefacts to regional museums from the National collections.
To encourage new and stronger relationships between regional and National museums and galleries.
To help regional museums make the most of the opportunities associated with the loan and raise the profile of their own collections.

What are they looking for?

Applications that:

Enhance or maximise the possibilities of already planned loans/exhibitions/programming;
Enable ‘quick fire' and ‘quick win' loan requests
Support long term relationship and display development

They will support regional museums and galleries with grants of up to 100% of the funding required to cover the costs associated with securing and displaying the loan, for example security reviews, insurance, transportation, conservation, installation and invigilation. They'll also support you with funds for maximising the impact of the loan, such as production of marketing materials, onsite interpretation and/or audience engagement activity.

Who can apply?

UK museums/galleries with permanent collections which are provisionally or fully accredited
UK museums/galleries which are regional and/or run by local authorities, universities, or have independent Trust status

If your museum is not provisionally or fully accredited you will be asked explain why, and to demonstrate a longstanding commitment to care for the collections to the same nationally-recognised standard. The museum should also be open for at least half the week for at least six months of the year.

How much can you apply for?

It is expected the majority of grants to be for between £10,000 and £20,000, although applications for smaller and larger amounts will be considered.  Applications for 100% funding will be accepted, though applicants can apply to this programme as part of a larger funding package of support from a variety of sources.

Preparing to Borrow workshops

Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) will be delivering a series of workshops to support participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to borrow an object or exhibition. Current dates include:

Wednesday 10 May, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Friday 26 May, Palace Green Library, Durham
Monday 26 June, People's History Museum, Manchester
Friday 7 July, The Foundling Museum, London
Thursday 14 September, National Museum of Scotland

Preparing to Borrow is a year-long training, mentoring and partnership programme funded by Arts Council England and delivered by the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) to support Ready to Borrow.

Click here for further information.