ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund: About the Fund

Art Wars: Division and Design, 1982 by John Hyatt

Art Wars: Division and Design, 1982 by John Hyatt

The ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund is managed by the V&A as part of its national work. The grants budget, which is £750,000 for 2014/15, is provided by Arts Council England.

The Fund supports the purchase of a wide range material for the permanent collections of non-nationally funded organisations in England and Wales. Recent grants include a collection of Michael Faraday’s correspondence, 1827-64 (Royal Institution, London), a 18th century Chinese casket with European mounts from Lowther Castle (Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle), a portrait of his sister Joanna by Edward Opie, 1831 (St Agnes Museum), a hawking vervel inscribed to Henry, Prince of Wales from Cley-next-the-Sea, 1610-12 (Norfolk Museums Service, Norwich) and a Halima Cassel sculptural piece made last year (Rochdale Arts and Heritage Service).

Draft of the poem Binsey Poplars by Gerard Manley-Hopkins, 1879

Draft of the poem Binsey Poplars by Gerard Manley-Hopkins, 1879

Leeds Museum and Galleries bought this seminal work by John Hyatt.  Used as the catalogue cover and poster for the prestigious British Art Show: Old Allegiances and New Directions, 1979-84, it became a ‘sign of the times’ and ushered in a radical change in the British Art world.

Demand is always very strong and funds are allocated to enable as many acquisitions as possible to be made. Each year the Fund considers about 150 applications and enables acquisitions of nearly £3 million to go ahead.

The Fund, run by the V&A since 1881, retains an interest in the organisations and objects it supports and collections they join and ensures that the terms of grant offer continue to be met.

This draft of the poem Binsey Poplars by Gerard Manley-Hopkins, 1879 was acquired at auction by the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.  The Bodleian holds other drafts of the poem which written in response to the felling of poplar trees running alongside the Thames at Binsey, a village to the west of Oxford.  The trees were replanted after the poem was first published in 1918 and formed part of the successful campaign to replant the trees when they were felled again in 2004.


Grants given

 Download: Grants given in 2013-14 (PDF file,  40 KB)

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Download: Grants given in 2011-12 (PDF file, 70 KB)

Download: Grants given in 2010-11 (PDF file, 74.9 KB)

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2536
E-mail: purchasegrantfund@vam.ac.uk

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