Brighton and Hove Museums win funding boost for Film & Media collection

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Royal Pavilion & Museums (RP&M), Brighton & Hove has been awarded an £80,000 New Collecting Award by the Art Fund, to build a nationally significant, inspiring new collection of artists’ moving image works.

The prestigious New Collecting Award will bring RP&M’s important historical Film & Media collection, which reflects Brighton & Hove’s early film pioneers, up to date, with an exciting contemporary selection to appeal to the city’s local, national and international audiences.

Jenny Lund, Curator of Fine Art, was one of the six winners in a two-stage, national competition.  The winners were selected from a shortlist, who each presented their proposals to a panel of judges.

The Art Fund New Collecting Awards enable promising and ambitious curators to pursue new collecting avenues for their museum or gallery, and build key professional skills.

Critically, RP&M’s award will help it to establish firm foundations for the future development of the Film & Media collection, including developing Jenny’s knowledge, skills and professional contacts.

Jenny said: “I am thrilled that Royal Pavilion & Museums has received this support and endorsement from the Art Fund.  The award is a rare and welcome opportunity to bring our historic collection up to date, with contemporary artists’ moving image works that will appeal to a diverse range of audiences.”

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: “Following on from the unprecedented success of the first round, we were able to unlock a further £100,000 of funding for the scheme’s second round.  This means we are able to support even more generously some of the UK’s brightest early-career curators.  I look forward to seeing how these six innovative and pioneering projects unfold, further confirming the importance of developing and supporting curatorship.”

The project will begin when Jenny returns from maternity leave in 2016.