Art Fund Opens £600,000 Funding Scheme to Build New Collections of Art throughout the UK

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LONDON.- As part of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation’s 50th birthday celebrations, it has generously awarded the Art Fund with a grant of £600,000 for the creation of new collections in museums and galleries throughout the UK. Sitting at the heart of the Art Fund’s grant-giving which annually awards £3.5 million a year to help build public collections, the scheme is a response to the need for more investment in, and support for, the building of new collections across the country. Calls for applications open today, 20 June 2011. RENEW aims to build future centres of excellence by supporting fresh areas of collecting of fine, decorative or applied art in museums and galleries. It will provide 100% funding to up to six museums that are accepted onto the scheme. RENEW aims are