12 October 2017

Moving Image Fund for Museums

Moving Image Fund for Museums: second round open for applications. Deadline: 30 October 2017

FVU is working with Art Fund to enable galleries and museums to build their public collections of artists' film. Between 2018 and 2022 we will be commissioning four new works in partnership with four galleries. The first two venues to benefit are the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, and the Whitworth, Manchester. Two more venues will be added for round two, which is now open for applications. 

What is the the Moving Image Fund?

The Moving Image Fund was created in 2015 to address the challenges that UK museums face when building their collections of moving-image works. The first scheme of its kind in the UK, it aims to ensure that the most significant works of contemporary film and video art can be bought for public collections. It is an Art Fund project conceived in partnership with and supported by Thomas Dane Gallery.

It is generously supported by the Ampersand Foundation, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, Thomas Dane Gallery, Gerry Fox, David and Rose Heyman, Pierre Lagrange, Rebecca Marks, the Outset Young Production Fund, the Rothschild Foundation and the Sfumato Foundation.

The first two venues to benefit from the fund were the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the Whitworth in Manchester; each was given £200,000 during the first round of the scheme which ran from 2015 to 2017 to help develop their moving-image collections.

This next round for applications is now open and involves:

Acquisitions: working with two new museum partners (in addition to the Towner and Whitworth) to provide them with up to £200,000 each to acquire extant film and video (museums are expected to contribute 10% to the overall acquisitions budget)

Commissions: a new partnership with Film and Video Umbrella to make possible four new commissions. FVU will work with each of our four partner museums – the Towner, the Whitworth – and the two new selected museums, to commission a new work, an edition of which will enter the museum’s collection. The commissions are supported by a separate budget (museums are not expected to contribute to this budget)

The acquisition phase for the two new partners will run for two years, from 2018 to 2020. The commissions will run between 2018/19 (Towner and Whitworth) and 2021/22 (new museum partners) with one new moving-image work being commissioned each year.

Who is eligible?

UK public museums that are:

Open for at least half the week, for at least six months of the year
Fully or provisionally accredited under the Arts Council Scheme

Find out more and apply

Image: 5,000 Feet Is The Best (film still) Omer Fast, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Arratia Beer, Berlin.