Nerys directed that all the art work created by her be sold and the proceeds used to help public galleries buy works by living artists. She further directed that her Trustees be 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 NJCA Fund assists 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 galleries. Approaches can be made at any time during the year, starting with a period of consultation which might involve a site visit to a gallery and 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.
Enquiries about grants should be addressed to the Trustee or the Artistic Adviser (see Contact details).