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New funding and training programme, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, sees treasures from national collections shared across the UK

Back in March this year we had the pleasure of transporting and installing the first works to go on loan as part of the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. The programme, which promotes sharing of national collections, was made possible with the support of Garfield Weston Foundation. It provides funding for regional museums and allows smaller organisations to show big hitting works from national institutions, and larger organisations to get their collections out on show to wider audiences across the UK.

The first artworks shown as part of the programme were self-portraits by Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, which travelled to Rugby Art Gallery & Museum from the National Portrait Gallery in response to the museum’s visitors wanting to learn more about artists in its collection.

You can follow this incredible journey in the video above.

In 2018, the programme is distributing £200,000 in its first year of funding, plus a training programme to support museums. The loans will go on display throughout the year and you can view the list of first 13 recipients and the 2018 exhibitions for The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund on the Art Fund website.

If you are interested in finding out more about the programme and how to apply for funding, click here for details. Applications for year two will open in summer 2018 with recipients announced later in the year.