New Collecting Awards

Second round of New Collecting Awardees announced

December 2015

The winners of the second round of New Collecting Awards have today been announced by the Art Fund. The Wolfson Foundation has committed £150,000 over 2 years to the ground-breaking programme, which invests in talented early career curators. The first round of winners was announced in April 2015.

The latest six award-winning curators will have the unique opportunity to pursue exciting new avenues of collecting in their museums, which stretch from Blackpool and Brighton to London, Edinburgh and Cambridge. 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.

This round's winners of the New Collecting Awards are (above left to right):

Mark Elliott, curator for anthropology at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, has been awarded £50,000 to build a collection of contemporary works by artists and makers from indigenous communities in India.

Jenny Lund, curator of fine art at Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, has been awarded £80,000 to build a nationally significant and inspiring new collection of artists’ moving image works.

Richard Parry, curator at the Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, has been awarded £80,000 to build a collection of light-based art.

Julie-Ann Delaney, curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, has been awarded £80,000 towards a project focussing on contemporary performance art, collection care and display.

Thomas Hockenhull, curator of modern money at the British Museum, London, has been awarded £50,000 to build a collection of numismatic material from socialist and former socialist governed countries.

Rebecca Newell, curator at the National Army Museum, London, has been awarded £60,000 to build a collection of contemporary art that explores hidden histories in the British Army.

Further details about each of the award-winning curators and their projects can be found here. You can also learn more about the Wolfson Foundation’s partnership with the Art Fund, totalling £1.5 million over a three year period.