A FUND worth £200,000 will pay for a series of art treasures to tour the UK.

The Weston Loan Programme, managed by the Art Fund, has provided a dozen museums with £200,000 to help with the cost of borrowing the works.

These group of museums involved in the scheme include the Hawick Museum, in the Borders, and Montrose Museum in Angus, who will host Egyptian artefacts from the National Museums of Scotland.

Hawick will hold a show between 8 March and 2 June and Montrose between 8 June and 7 September.

Elsewhere in the UK, Egyptian artefacts connected to burial rituals will travel to Wakefield on loan from The British Museum and National Museums Liverpool, alongside a mummy from Manchester Museum, among other shows.

Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, the scheme is designed to fund regional and smaller local authority museums to borrow major works of art and objects from the UK’s national museums and galleries.

The projects in 2019 are the second year of the three-year programme.

Sophia Mason, trustee of the Garfield Weston Foundation, said: "We are delighted that this programme is empowering museums across the country and ensuring our national treasures can be seen by audiences in the context of their own region and local heritage."

Museums have seen increases in their visitor figures following support through the Weston Loan Programme.

In 2018, the first year of the scheme, Rugby Museum and Art Gallery saw a 70% increase in attendance for their exhibition About Face which featured artists’ portraits borrowed from the National Portrait Gallery.


THE artist Jamie Crewe is the tenth recipient of the Margaret Tait Award, the £15,000 Scottish award for moving image artists.

The award was presented to Crewe at the Glasgow Film Festival at the world premiere of Alberta Whittle’s 2018/19 Margaret Tait Award commission Between a Whisper and a Cry.

Established in 2010, the Margaret Tait Award is a LUX Scotland commission organised with Glasgow Film, with support from Screen Scotland.

It is inspired by the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait (1918–99), and the award "recognises experimental and innovative artists working with the moving image, offering a unique avenue of commissioning and production support and providing a high-profile platform to exhibit newly commissioned work."

Jamie Crewe is an artist and singer, who graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 with a BA in Contemporary Fine Art, and from Glasgow School of Art in 2015 with a Master of Fine Art.

Crewe will use the award to develop a new cinematic work described as a "rural horror film, filmed on the West Coast of Scotland… its semi-autobiographical plot will begin with a transgender protagonist seeking a bucolic retreat, only to find they are antagonised by precarity, painful memories, and an unseen community."

The winner of the award receives a £15,000 commissioning prize, which is shown at the Glasgow Film Festival the following year.

Jamie Crewe said: "I am thrilled to have been selected for the 2019/20 Margaret Tait Award commission.

"Before I graduated from my postgraduate studies I was asked by a tutor I trusted to name an opportunity that I aspired to; I suggested that I’d like to do the Margaret Tait Residency, which was running at the time, and felt almost guilty for aiming so high. Four years on, I am less guilty about everything, and I’ve been selected for this award, which was beyond the limits of my imagination for a long time.

"I have a deep investment in Margaret Tait’s filmmaking and poetry, and in the history of this award. I intend to make a film – my first stand-alone, cinematic work – that operates in reference, and in some ways in opposition, to these legacies."