Monday, 29 July 2013

Bursary for Decorative Arts Society Study Trip 2014

DAS Study Visits: Bursary for Curators

Founded in 1975, the Decorative Arts Society (DAS) is a charity which encourages and supports the study and appreciation of all aspects of the decorative arts and design from 1850 to the present. The Society’s activities include architecture, interior and industrial design and the graphic arts. As part of its remit, it organises overseas study visits once or twice each year.

Support to Curators
The Society’s Committee of Governors wishes to help decorative arts curators take part in these events, in order to extend the knowledge and contacts of the individuals and to strengthen the link between museums, their staffs and the Society. In 2012 it agreed a new policy of allocating funds for bursaries which are intended to cover all or most of the cost of participation.

Czech Republic Bursary
The next DAS Bursary is to be made available for the 2014 study visit to the Czech Republic from 5-10 May 2014 which will begin and end in Prague. Its theme will concentrate on early twentieth century architecture and decorative arts. The itinerary includes Brno for the Decorative Arts Museum and the Tugendhat, Stiassny and Jurkovic villas and the Karl Reissig House; Brtnice  for the Josef Hoffman museum; Svijany for the Ottendorfsky Library, and Litomysl to include the Vachal house. Other planned destinations are Nove Mesto nad Metuji with its interiors that fuse baroque with early 20th century and its unique arts and crafts garden; Castolovice including its Art and Decorative Arts Museums; Kutna Hora and its new Museum of Fine Arts, the cubist Bauer Villa , Villa Kotera with a collection of 20th century ceramics and sculpture, and the 1850s  Harrach house Hradek u Nechanik with intact period furniture; and Liberec with its Decorative Arts Museum.

The award is intended to cover a substantial proportion of the costs of the study visit including accommodation during the visit and travel to and from the Czech Republic but the successful applicant would need to find some limited expenditure. If awarded a grant by the Society, the applicant would be expected to provide an article for the DAS Newsletter describing the trip.

How to apply for the Czech Republic Bursary for May 2014
Applicants should provide a CV and a note specifying how attendance on the visit would develop their expertise or be useful in their work.

These should be sent to Robert Wilson, DAS Chairman, , who is happy to answer any queries, to arrive by Monday 10 September