Deadline: Ongoing Opportunity
Applications for commissions are considered as a part of their Acquisitions program. As such, they would expect any commissions to be of international, national, or regional significance.
They recognise, however, that there are distinct opportunities and fundraising challenges in realizing a commission, and that the acquisition of a commission can be conceptualized and carried out in many different ways; for example, as a unique permanent artwork that can be accessed 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.
- Benefit to the Artist
- Benefit to the Organization
- Benefit to Audiences
Grant requests of £7,500 or less where the total cost of the work is £15,000 or less
- Public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries, and archives based in the UK or Channel Islands.
- Given the focus on acquisitions they anticipate most lead applicants to have collections, which may include fine and applied art and design, archeology and/or social history. If the lead applicant has a collection, their criteria is as follows:
- Applicants must be open for at least half the week for at least six months of the year
- Applicants must be fully or provisionally accredited through the Arts Council Accreditation scheme or other national equivalents
- Beyond supporting museums to commission, they encourage partnerships between commissioning agencies and museums, or other institutions who want to commission work that will have a permanent legacy to artists, cultural organizations as well as audiences. You can apply as a single institution, in a partnership, or with a collective. They will ask you to identify a lead applicant if two or more organizations are applying together.
- On occasion the lead applicant will not have a collection, in which case these are their criteria:
- organizations without collections need to be committed to delivering activity that increases public access to the visual arts more generally. These activities must provide public benefit and align with Art Fund’s charitable objectives.
- Operate to standards of best practice and/or have a strong track record in delivering high quality public activity. You could demonstrate this through accreditation schemes (such as those managed by Arts Council England), endorsement by partners, successful past projects, or awards you have received.
- Have a public presence (eg a building open to the public) or a public outcome (eg a festival or public art programme)
- All grant recipients will be asked to sign their full Grant conditions.
For more information, visit https://www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/programmes/commission-grants