Woodmansterne Art Conservation Award 2023/2024

Applications from museums, art galleries, and buildings open to the public are now invited for the Woodmansterne Art Conservation Awards for 2023/2024. Each application is considered by an independent panel of judges who assess each work artistically, historically, locally, and educationally along with the urgency and severity of need. A total of £30,000 is available with individual grants from £500.

A downloadable application form and further information can be found here. Once complete, please email along with all the relevant attachments to [email protected]. The closing date is 31st May 2023.

Our Commitment

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 in this area 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. 

Previous Awards

Awards totalling just under £28,000 were made to the following institutions:-

  • The Wallace Collection, London Ancient House Museum, Thetford, Norfolk
  • Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham
  • Kirkcaldy Galleries, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
  • Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Scotland
  • Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham

Further details about the individual paintings and awards can be found here

Scholarship Programme

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. These are initiated by Paul Woodmansterne in close consultation with senior conservators.