Museums & Exhibitions
Bursary - Subject Specialist Network: European Paintings Pre-1900 Research Bursary
SUBJECT SPECIALIST NETWORK: EUROPEAN PAINTINGS PRE-1900
Supported by The Pilgrim Trust
Applications are invited for a bursary to fund research focusing on pre- 1900 European paintings.
European Paintings Pre-1900 is a Subject Specialist Network for UK museum professionals, led by the National Gallery. This network provides the opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and new ideas about these paintings, including looking at ways of improving public engagement through display and interpretation.
The bursary will enable a museum or gallery professional to work for a sustained period on a particular piece of research into some aspect of pre-1900 European paintings (ie continental but not British Art for which there are other sources of research funding) in their organisation’s collection. The work could consist of research into one or more paintings for a particular purpose, e.g. an exhibition, a new display, a catalogue or other form of print or online publication. The research could focus on an artist, painting technique, subject matter, historical context or collection history. The research period is up to a year (approx November 2012 to end October 2013), but the project must have a defined public outcome and a defined deadline even if this is set beyond the period of the research.
The successful applicants might use the funds to visit the National Gallery and other libraries and archives in London in the course of their research. The funding could also be used for a short period of research abroad. The National Gallery is happy to provide advice and guidance as requested.
The bursary is up to £1,000, to be spent on accommodation, travel and subsistence only (i.e. not staff salaries). Bursary holders will submit invoices (with receipts) for payment by the National Gallery. The applicant can propose the best means of using the budget to enable their study. As above, the National Gallery is happy to provide advice and guidance as requested.
How to apply
The application should include the following:
- a description of the project (600 words)
- proposed places of research – e.g. The National Gallery Library and Archive
- estimated use of funds
- outcomes, aims and achievements
- proposal for timescale of research and outcomes
- target audience for your research output
- information about the applicant together with a curriculum vitae
- a formal letter of support from a relevant senior member of staff
At the end of the project, the candidates will be expected to produce a summary report (c 600) words which could be circulated to the SSN network and placed on the National Gallery website, for example.
Applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Hersov, National Programmes Manager, The National Gallery, London
Deadline for applications: Friday 5 October 2012
Applications will be considered by Susan Foister, Deputy Director, The National Gallery; Mary Hersov, National Programmes Manager, The National Gallery; and two members of the Advisory Committee for Research on European Painting: Ann Sumner, Director, Birmingham Museums and Alison Yarrington, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Hull
All applicants will be contacted by email to inform them of the selection results by 31 October 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Hersov.