Project information

The Rome Prize

The Rome Prize was established at the British School at Rome nearly a hundred years ago, and has always been the most prestigious fine arts award available to Commonwealth artists. The Prize is dedicated to research-based practice in either painting, sculpture, lens-based media, or mixed media.

April 2012 - March 2013

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  • Need

    Need

    The British School at Rome receives its core funding from the British Academy, which allows the humanities and social sciences scholarships to thrive. No fine arts funding is allowed from the Academy, however, so private support must be found to permanently endow the Rome Prize. In the past twenty years, private support has constantly fluctuated, negatively affecting the Rome Prize, both in stature and quality of applicants.

    Solution

    Permanent endowment will allow the British School at Rome to return the Rome Prize to its prestigious international reputation. In doing so, we will then attract the most promising mid-career artists from the Commonwealth. For the past century, the BSR Rome Prize artists have won the highest honours in their respective fields, and have always been at the forefront of the UK art world. We will be able to compete effectively with the other foreign research academies in Rome.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Permanently endow the Rome Prize in fine arts.

    Activities

    » We are actively building a network of potential major donors, and we have targeted strategic events to continue expanding this network.
    » We are actively marketing the Rome Prize in over 600 publications, universities, galleries, and museums throughout the Commonwealth.
    » We have re-engaged our BSR alumni network, and have an active volunteer network working to secure funding.

    Our success will be demonstrated through the quality of Rome Prize applicants, and the successful completion of one or more Rome Prize research and practice projects in 2012-13.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The Rome Prize will once again put the British School at Rome at the top of all foreign fine arts research and practice scholarship programmes. BSR Rome Prize alumni are the absolute leaders in their fields, and ensure that the UK is always at the forefront of the global art world.

    Risk

    There is a risk that we don't generate enough funds to permanently endow the Rome Prize for the 2012-13 scholarship year. In that case, we will use the funds raised to date for 2012-13, until we reach the goal of permanent endowment.

    Reporting

    We produce an Annual Report which goes to donors every year, and we will highlight the Rome Prize in the 2012-13 Annual Report. We also communicate regularly with our alumni and donors, and will continue to emphasize the Rome Prize.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Rome Prize in Sculpture Costs required to administer the scholarship for one year.
      £40,000 Rome Prize in Painting Costs required to administer the scholarship for one year.
      £40,000 Rome Prize in Architecture Costs required to administer the scholarship for one year.
      £40,000 Rome Prize in Lens-Based Media Costs required to administer the scholarship for one year.
      £40,000 Rome Prize in Mixed Media Costs required to administer the scholarship for one year.
  • Background

    Location

    Rome, Italy is where the artists resides for up to nine months. There may be some collaborative research time spent at a major UK university as well.

    Beneficiaries

    The British School at Rome benefits from the prestige of the artists who wins the Rome Prize.
    The Artist benefits from being at the best UK foreign research institute.
    The art world benefits from the research and practice project completed by the artist.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The British School at Rome is the UK's premier foreign-based research institute. We deliver one of the best fine arts research programmes in the world with a very minimal budget.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Christopher J. Smith

    Professor Smith is the current Director at the British School at Rome.

    Mary Ellen Mathewson

    Mrs. Mathewson is the BSR's first and only professional development officer. She will spend at least 25% FTE on this project.