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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for consideration by the Grants Sub-Committee.
1 September 2016
2017 DAS Bursary: Lille and Surroundings
Study Visit to Lille and Surroundings: 16-20 May 2017
Deadline for applications: 21 October 2016
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. The Society’s activities include architecture, interior and industrial design and the graphic arts. As part of its remit, it organises overseas study visits once or twice each year.
Support to Curators and Researchers
The DAS wishes to help decorative arts professionals, researchers and postgraduate students 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, in which priority is given to curators in publicly funded UK collections.
The next DAS Bursary is to be made available for the Society’s study visit to Lille and Surroundings from 16-20 May 2017. The programme features C19th and C20th architecture, sculpture and ceramics, and in particular the Villa Cavrois (1932) by Mallet-Stevens, and the Louvre-Lens.
Other planned visits include:
Visits in the region of Charleroi, including UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Bois du Cazier (with Glass Museum) and the City hall
Mons, Maison Léon Losseau (Art Nouveau) and Mundaneum (Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine’s Universal Decimal Classification, UNESCO World Heritage)
Valenciennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux collection
Guise, Familistère of the Godin stoves factory
Lille, visits to Belle Epoque buildings and interiors such as the Banque de France, the Palais des Beaux-Arts (with collections of C19 and C20 sculpture and ceramics), buildings by Albert Baert, and the Maison Coilliot (Hector Guimard, 1898-1900).
Roubaix, église Saint-Joseph, by Jean-Baptiste Bethune
La Piscine, Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent
The award is intended to cover a substantial proportion of the costs of the study visit including accommodation during the visit and travel to and from Lille but the successful applicant may need to find some limited incidental expenditure on meals not provided.
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. They would also need to take on personal membership of the DAS for a year (discounted for members of the Society of Decorative Arts Curators).
How to apply for the 2017 DAS Lille Bursary
Applicants should provide a CV and a note specifying how attendance on the visit would develop their expertise or be useful in their work. These should be sent to Robert Wilson, DAS Chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org, who is happy to answer any queries, to arrive by 21 October 2016
RWGW 1 September 2016