Art Fund Weston Loan Programme opens

Museum Development North West

The Art Fund’s Weston Loan Programme, designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections, has opened for applications. The deadline to apply is 12noon Wednesday 14th September.

Alongside Arts Council England’s funding scheme ‘Ready to Borrow’ and the Touring Exhibition Group initiative ‘Preparing to Borrow’, and other national programmes, the Weston Loan Programme will provide funding for regional museums to secure important strategic loans and maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities.


  • To support the costs of new loans of works of art and artefacts to regional museums from the National collections.
  • To encourage new and stronger relationships between regional and National museums and galleries.
  • To help regional museums make the most of the opportunities associated with the loan and raise the profile of their own collections.

The Art Fund will consider…

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Sheila Hicks, Fibre Artist

Sheila Hicks (b. 1934, Nebraska), has been working as a Fibre artist for over 50 years. She has explored woven arts in many aspects, pushing the relevance of her work into the realms of fine art, craft, design and architecture.

The enclosed pictures show examples of her solo show ‘The Treaty of Chromatic Zones’ at Sikkema Jenkins & Co,. New York. The exhibition closed the end of November, 2015. I have been introduced to her work in more detail since working in America as a textile conservator. She is a true pioneer of Fibre art and it was fabulous to see her work.


Surveying the Brooklyn Costume collection at the Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

I have been working as a research fellow in costume conservation at the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since early September. I have been busy surveying the Brooklyn costume collection held at the Costume Institute since 2009. I am researching early synthetics and plastics in the collection to help preserve them for future generations to enjoy.

I love researching modern materials and how they impact textiles from a preservation point of view.