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Detail: A Mother and Child by Nicholas Eliasz

Previous Award recipient. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Detail: A Mother and Child by Nicholas Eliasz (1590-1664)

Woodmansterne Art Conservation Awards 2018/19
Grants now available!

Having been involved in the reproduction of fine art for many years, Woodmansterne Publications has always been keen to understand how original works of art in public galleries should be preserved for future generations to enjoy. There is a complete absence of government support or any UK funding, and for this reason the Woodmansterne Art Conservation Awards were set up to support the conservation of pre-twentieth-century oil paintings.

Since the launch of the awards in 1995, over 60 paintings have been conserved through the Woodmansterne Art Conservation Awards at a total value of approximately £400,000. As well as the Art Conservation Awards, Woodmansterne Publications has also established a scholarship programme, sponsoring a number of postgraduate students in their final year of art conservation studies.

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Now in its 66th year as a business, Woodmansterne is delighted to invite all museums, galleries and country houses (in the UK and open to the public) to apply for grants to conserve pre-twentieth-century easel paintings in oils. The total grants available this year are in excess of £40,000, with individual grants starting from £500.

To apply, please download and complete an application form – available here – and send it with the relevant documentation to Victoria Hunt at Victoria@woodmansterne.co.uk. The closing date for entries is 1st March 2019 with the winners to be announced in May 2019.

Previous recipients of a Woodmansterne Art Conservation Award include:

The National Portrait Gallery

Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford

The Bishop’s Palace, Wells

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

As well as the Woodmansterne Art Conservation Awards, we established a scholarship programme, sponsoring a number of postgraduate students in their final year of art conservation studies. The scholarships are awarded biennially, and are initiated by Paul Woodmansterne in close consultation with senior conservators.