With the creation of this fund the DAS is responding to
- The historic underfunding of the decorative arts compared to the fine arts
- The need to sustain and develop curatorial skills and public collections as state and local authority funding is being heavily reduced.
What we will do
The Fund will develop the DAS’s recent policy to support scholars, acquisitions and display with
- Bursaries to professionals, researchers and postgraduate students for
(i) participation in a DAS study tour
(ii) assistance with travel connected with research, which will be publicised by the DAS (eg lead to Journal or newsletter articles)
Financial support for museum acquisitions in the decorative arts post 1850.
Two annual Collection Access Grants awarded to publicly funded or charitable trust museums to improve access to and presentation of existing collections.
How we will do it
- Responds to a need that is likely to continue, and so will have an ongoing role
- Makes grants recommended by a committee of members which includes DAS Trustees, academics and curators and reported in the newsletter, on the website and at the AGM
- Will receive funding from the DAS’s own reserves generated by a surplus on events
- Depends on donations for its main source of finance for its grants.
For details of past awardees from the 40th Anniversary Fund look at Award History in the Grants & Bursaries section of this website.