With the 40th Anniversary Fund, the Society seeks to extend its role beyond the creation of events and publications for its members. It wants to leave a legacy for the decorative arts in the public realm, 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 would 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 foreign 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.
It helps Museums at a time of minimal purchase grants if a Society like the DAS registers its support by providing the “seed corn” towards a purchase.
- An annual Collections Access Grant offered to a publicly funded museum to improve the access 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 Governors, academics and curators and reported in the newsletter 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.