In June 2018 SSN members were welcomed by Cannon Hall Museum (Barnsley Museums) to visit and discuss the exhibition ‘A Dutch Golden Age: Painters, Places and People in the 17th Century’. Two loans from the National Gallery to Cannon Hall Museum, namely Rembrandt’s An Elderly Man as Saint Paul (1659) and Jan Steen’s Skittle Players Outside an Inn (1660-63), were made possible through the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.
The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund provides funding for regional museums to secure important strategic loans from national collections, maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities, and offers opportunities to strengthen the skills of museum professionals working in this area.
Support is given through grants of up to 100% of the funding to cover the costs associated with securing and displaying the loan, for example security reviews, insurance, transportation, conservation, installation and invigilation. Funds are also given to help maximise the impact of the loan, such as production of marketing materials, on-site interpretation and/or audience engagement activity.
Read more here about examples of successful applicants from the first round and watch the film featuring one of the loans faclitated through the programme.
Further information on the programme and contact details for the discussion of future applications are available on the Art Fund website.