The Artfund announces the latest recipients of the Reimagine grants, alongside further funding to be awarded through Museum Development UK, to support museums in improving inclusion in their workforce.
A total of £800,000 has been awarded to 21 museums and galleries across the UK for creative and engaging projects to help them reimagine their support for their workforce and improve inclusion and diversity.
In addition, a further £200,000 to be awarded through Museum Development UK (MDUK) to support smaller museums to retain and train staff, with an emphasis on curatorial posts and members of the workforce who work directly with collections including learning, engagement and conservation.
The Reimagine funding programme is designed to inspire creativity and increase stability for museums and galleries, supporting organisations to develop or refresh their work in response to their current situation. The funding builds on Art Fund’s ongoing support for museums and the people that work within them.
Art Fund’s 2022 report on diversity in the curatorial workforce, 'It’s about handing over power', commissioned in partnership with Museum X and Culture&, revealed that significant barriers remain to increasing ethnic and racial diversity in the museum and gallery workforce. In this round of Reimagine, Art Fund was particularly interested in applications that respond to the findings and recommendations of the report and aim to make their organisations more inclusive.
The successful projects will empower diverse artists with new opportunities for collaboration and networking and create career pathways for individuals from underrepresented communities to enter the culture sector. Spike Island, a centre for visual arts in the south west, will be providing 40 free Associate Bursary places to young people from marginalised and underrepresented communities in Bristol. And Glasgow Women’s Library, the only accredited museum dedicated to women’s history, will support artists and communities to interrogate and shape collections.
Art Fund's director, Jenny Waldman, said: “This year’s Reimagine grants will enable museums and galleries to foster inclusivity and create opportunities for diverse voices to contribute to the cultural sector. We’re proud to support 21 engaging projects across the UK, from Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthenshire developing new ways of working with underrepresented communities, to Towner Eastbourne in East Sussex providing career pathways for individuals from diverse backgrounds. Together, these projects make a step towards a more inclusive and diverse museum workforce. Huge congratulations to all recipients.”
Image : Oriel Myrddin Gallery - 'I fyny' Nurturing Welsh Artists Programme. Photo by Winnie Finesse
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