First winners of New Collecting Awards announced

First winners of New Collecting Awards announced

April 2015

The Art Fund has today announced the first five winners of the New Collecting Awards: a landmark programme investing in talented and dedicated curators to which the Wolfson Foundation has committed £150,000 over 2 years.

The five award-winning curators will have the unprecedented opportunity to pursue new avenues of collecting in their museums, which range from Durham and Edinburgh to Liverpool and London. The Wolfson Foundation’s support to the project will help enable these museums and galleries to:

  • extend their collections into new areas and deepen existing holdings in imaginative ways;

  • promote the value of research-led collecting and foster curatorial expertise at individual and institutional levels, thus enriching museum practice over the long term; and

  • help a new generation of curators hone their skills in developing museum collections and in acquiring works of art.

The winners of the New Collecting Awards 2015 are (left to right):

Mariam Rosser-Owen, Curator Middle East at the V&A has been awarded £50,000 build a collection of contemporary applied art from the Middle East.

Hannah Jackson, Assistant Curator of Fashion & Textiles at The Bowes Museum, County Durham, has been awarded £60,000 to build a collection of French haute couture.

Sara Bevan, Curator of Contemporary Art at IWM (Imperial War Museums) London has been awarded £80,000 to build a collection of work exploring the theme of war and the digital.

Charlotte Keenan, Curator of British Art for National Museums Liverpool has been awarded £60,000 to build a fine art collection relating to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) culture and history.

Sarah Rothwell, Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland has been awarded £50,000 to build a collection of Northern European Modernist Jewellery circa 1945-1979.

Further details about each of the award-winning curators and their projects can be found here.

For more information about the Wolfson Foundation’s partnership with the Art Fund (totalling £1.5 million over a three year period), please click here.