About Abbey Harris and How to Apply
The E A Abbey Memorial Trust Fund for Mural Painting in Great Britain
The E Vincent Harris Fund for Mural Decoration
These two funds are vested in the Royal Academy of Arts and since 1970 have been administered by the Incorporated Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Scholarships (Abbey Awards). Awards are made by The Abbey Harris Mural Fund Committee which consists of members of the Abbey Council. Committee members are Peter Brades (Chairman), Vanessa Jackson, Julia Farrer, Clyde Hopkins and Paul Huxley
Awards are made to artists who have been commissioned to create temporary or permanent murals for public places or charitable institutions within the UK. Artists' requests for funds must be backed by an authority from the institution in question. Alternatively, the commissioning institute may apply to the Fund on behalf of the muralist. There are no restrictions of age or nationality.
The Abbey Harris Mural Fund only offers support for new original works and not for repairs or restorations.
How to Apply
Apply by letter with
- a) detailed plans and sketches/drawings for the proposed work
- b) a couple of examples of your/the proposed artist's work) and
- c) the place where it is to be placed
- d) a fully budgeted funding request.
If possible please email the application letter and accompanying materials. Please make sure your submission complies with the conditions outlined above.
Applications will be considered at a meeting in May 2017. Deadline for the receipt of completed applications is Friday, April 28, 2017.
Each year the total amount of the grants awarded is never more than £5,000 and is usually around £2,000 - £3,000.
Artists and Projects supported in the past include
Norman Adams, Edward Bawden, David Bratby, Stefan Knapp, Victor Pasmore, Tom Phillips, Leonard Rosomon and Bridget Riley.
Works made possible by the funds can be found in many places throughout the country including Lincoln Cathedral, York Minster and many churches, hospitals, schools, universities, theatres, civic centres, sports centres and open spaces.
|2003 Bernice Donszelman for a mural at the Royal London Hospital.
Katharina Grosse for a huge temporary mural on the outside walls of the Civic Library in Birmingham.
|2004 James Aldridge for a mural in the new breast cancer wing at Bart's Hospital.
Rose Finn-Kelcey for a mural at St Paul's Church Bow Common.
|2005 Sara Manzotti for a mural in the children's outpatients corridor at King's College Hospital, London.|
|2006 Pallant House Gallery, Chichester for a mural in mussel shells by Susie MacMurray. VIEW|
|2008 Milton Keynes Gallery for a temporary mural by Richard Wood. VIEW|
|2009 Vital Arts to support a mural by Oona Culley for the new radiotherapy department at Bart's Hospital. VIEW|
|2010 Pallant House Gallery, Chichester for a mural work by Spencer Finch. VIEW|
|2011 Arts Lights London for a wall-based light installation "Basketball" (part of a wider project entitled Kids Draw Games) at St Mary's Paddington by Ron Haselden. VIEW|
|2012 No grant was made.|
|2013 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham for three contrasting temporary mural compositions by David Tremlett filling the second floor exhibition spaces from 4 December 2013 – 21 April 2014. VIEW|
|2014 Vital Arts for a Mural by Stephen Smith in the newly opened dental department of the Royal London Hospital for children with special needs. VIEW|
|2015 Pallant House for a site specific mural installation by Lothar Götz. VIEW|
|2016 No grant was made.|
Images of awards prior to 2006 are archived in the Library of the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House.