Collections Access Grant

2016 Award given to William Morris Gallery

The Decorative Arts Society is delighted to announce that its Collections Access Grant for 2016 has been awarded to the William Morris Gallery to fund conservation of a Japanese screen donated by Frank Brangwyn RA to enable it to be included in the forthcoming exhibition on Brangwyn’s relationship with Japanese art. 

This is the third Award made under the annual grant scheme launched by the DAS in 2014. Funding will come from the DAS 40th Anniversary Fund. The application meets the aims of the Grant, which is to support curators in extending access to, and knowledge of, the decorative arts in their collections.

 The William Morris Gallery holds a small Japanese art collection which is little known and has rarely been accessed. The woodblock prints, paintings and decorative screens were donated to the Gallery by artist and patron Frank Brangwyn RA (1867-1956), ‘a humble offering to the people of Walthamstow in the hope that they will enjoy art and remember Morris’. In 2017 a new exhibition on Brangwyn’s relationship with Japanese art creates a unique opportunity to display these works held in storage for the first time. ‘Sheer Pleasure – Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan’ opens 4th February – 14 May 2017.

The DAS’s £2,000 grant will fund conservation on a significant two-fold Japanese screen, to enable the Gallery to include it in the exhibition. Donated by Brangwyn in 1935, it is highly unlikely the painted screen has ever been displayed. The screen appears in one of the grandest portraits of Brangwyn: Portrait of Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, by James Kerr-Lawson, in the collection of Ferens Art Gallery in Hull (right).

William Morris Gallery Contact: Carien Kremer carien.kremer@walthamforest.gov.uk

 
About the Decorative Arts Society : The Decorative Arts Society is an independent charity founded in Brighton in 1975 financed by subscriptions and donations from its members and revenue from its events. The DAS encourages and supports the study and appreciation of all aspects of the decorative arts and design from 1850 to the present. In its activities and publications, the DAS embraces the different media on an international basis - furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, textiles, jewellery and fashion, as well as architecture, interior and industrial design, and the graphic arts. Its annual Journal No 40, for 2016, has just been published.  

Image: Portrait of Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, by James Kerr-Lawson, in the collection of Ferens Art Gallery in Hull.High res copies are available from https://www.bridgemanimages.com/en-GB/     Reference No: FER 128352.

 
 


DAS 40th Anniversary Fund : Grants Available

1. Annual Collections Access Grant (CAG)

The annual Collections Access Grant, awarded since 2014, aims to support curators in extending access to, and knowledge of, the decorative arts in their collections. The Grant

  • provides funding for practical costs to help curators from publicly-funded museums that are open to the public to enhance access to their collections through display, publication or digital media
  • is available to fund individual curatorial activities or shared projects.
  • gives priority to objects falling within the period 1850 to the present.

Applications fromindividual UK curatorsmay include requests for funding

  • to  improve or update displays in the decorative arts in a publicly-funded museum,
  • to fund a small decorative arts display in whole or in part,
  • to assist with publication, both printed and in online form, for example by funding in whole or in part a short-term post to create database records or images.

We are willing to consider funding other kinds of activity, provided the applicant can make a substantive case for its contribution to public access to decorative arts objects. Applicants can also request support towards additional activities to extend existing museum projects.

Deadline
: application details are posted on the website and the Award of up to £2000 is made annually in the autumn. Deadline for applications : 15 September to chairdas@gmail.com.

2. Ad Hoc Grants for Museum Acquisitions

The DAS is prepared to support publicly-funded museums in acquiring objects for their collections which fall within the categories and timescale covered by the Society. Normally no more than half of the purchase price would be contributed, and no grant would exceed £2000. The Society is particularly keen to support smaller museums with limited access to funds.

Deadline : applications should be made ad hoc to chairdas@gmail.com.

3. Bursaries for DAS Foreign Tours
The DAS wishes to help decorative arts professionals, researchers and postgraduate students to take part in its foreign study tours, in order to extend the knowledge and contacts of the individuals and to strengthen the link between museums, their staffs and the Society. In 2012 it agreed a new policy of allocating funds for bursaries, in which priority is given to curators in publicly funded UK collections.

Applicants need to specify how attendance on the visit would develop their expertise or be useful in their work. The award covers the full costs of the study visit including accommodation during the visit and travel to and from the destination. If awarded a grant by the Society, the applicant would be expected to provide an article for the DAS Newsletter describing the trip, and a longer record of events which is made available to participants.

Deadline: notices are posted on the website with a deadline normally 6 months ahead of the date of the tour.

4. Bursaries to support Research
As a new initiative in 2016, funding is now being made available from the 40th Anniversary Fund for assistance with travel connected with research in the decorative arts. It is available to decorative arts professionals, researchers and postgraduate students, with priority being given to those working in or attached to publicly funded UK museums or institutions.

 The research would need to demonstrate public benefit and relevance to the DAS and its aims, and lead to an outcome for the Society such as an article in its Journal or Newsletter.

Funding would cover travel and subsistence in connection with the research, up to a maximum of £1000.

Deadline: applications should be submitted by 10 January, 10 June, and 10 October to chairdas@gmail.com for consideration by the Grants Sub-Committee.

1 September 2016

 


DAS Bursary for Curators: Awards since 2012

 
Founded in 1975, the Decorative Arts Society (DAS) is a charity which encourages and supports the study and appreciation of all aspects of the decorative arts and design from 1850 to the present. As part of its remit, it organises overseas study visits once or twice each year.

Support to Curators
The Society’s Committee of Governors wishes to help decorative arts curators take part in these events, in order to extend the knowledge and contacts of the individuals and to strengthen the link between museums, their staffs and the Society. In 2012 it agreed a new policy of allocating funds for bursaries which are intended to cover all or most of the cost of participation.

Awards since 2012
First Bursary: Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck, Royal Museums, Greenwich (New York 2013)
Second Bursary: Dr Rachel Conroy, National Museum Wales (Czech Republic 2014)
Third Bursary: Lesley Richardson, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (Paris 2014)
Fourth Bursary: Elizabeth Bisley ,V&A (Helsinki 2016)
Fifth Bursary: Helen Ritchie, British Museum (Helsinki 2016)
Sixth Bursary: Simon Spier, PhD Student (Lille 2017)

 

 


Help the De Morgan foundation acquire a rare medal


The opportunity has arisen for the De Morgan Foundation to acquire a rare University College London commemorative silver medal awarded to Evelyn De Morgan in 1874-75, celebrating her talent in life drawing. This medal is one of just two whose existence we know of, and would be the first of its kind in the collection.

The medal is evidence of Evelyn’s high regard as an artist, even early on in her career, and would complement the Foundation’s substantial collection of her drawings and studies. The auction containing the medal takes place on 3rd December and the Foundation is looking to crowdfund £1000. For more information, please visit this link.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-buy-a-rare-evelyn-de-morgan-medal

 


Geoffrey Clarke RA Stained Glass Appeal

The Stained Glass Museum, Ely, has recently raised £15,000 to purchase four unique modern stained glass panels by Geoffrey Clarke RA (b.1924). All four of the stained glass panels dating from 1949-59 are early pieces from Clarke's career which reveal his sculptural techniques. To read more, and to donate towards the conservation and display of these panels please go to www.stainedglassmuseum.com/geoffreyclarkeappeal.html