Nerys Johnson Contemporary Art Fund

Nerys directed that all the art work created by her be sold and the proceeds used to buy works by living artists for public galleries. She further directed that her Trustee(s) be helped and advised by her friend and colleague, Julian Spalding. Much of this work is now carried out through the Nerys Johnson Contemporary Art Fund (NJCA Fund).

The purpose of the NJCA Fund is to assist institutions to acquire paintings by artists whose work is distinctive in its imaginative use of colour. All media are eligible. Special consideration will be given to galleries/institutions that actively use their collections in educational programmes.

The NJCA Fund works directly with the professional staff from the gallery. Approaches can be made at any time during the year, starting a period of consultation which might involve a site visit to the gallery and a viewing of the work, prior to a decision being taken by the Trust. Grants will normally be up to 6,000, though larger grants may be considered. Grants may be for the outright purchase of a painting, or for a proportion of the purchase price, supplementing contributions from other grant-giving bodies. Once a grant is awarded, it should be publicly acknowledged in press releases, on gallery labels and other publicity/information produced by the successful institution. Notice of the award will be entered on the Fund's own website.

The grants awarded (click on each for further information):

  1. Falmouth Art Gallery/Trevor Bell
  2. Salisbury Library & Galleries/Fujio Akai
  3. National Museum of Wales/Howard Hodgkin
  4. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery/Mary Webb
  5. Salford Museum & Art Gallery/Mandy McCartin

Enquiries about grants made by the NJCA Fund should be addressed to the Trustee or the Artistic Adviser (see Contact details, left panel).

Copyright 2010 Nerys Johnson Estate. This page was last updated on 14 December 2013.