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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

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 90 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.

Now in its 66th year as a business, Woodmansterne invited 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.

studentThe application process is now closed. Judging will take place later in the month and the results will be announced in early June.

The Woodmansterne Art Conservation Awards for 2020/21 will be launched in Spring 2020. If you would like to receive details when the next scheme is launched please email Alison Gauntlett at alison@woodmansterne.co.uk to be added to our contact list.

Previous recipients of a Woodmansterne Art Conservation Award include:

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.