Wellcome Trust


F.Wellcome Collection, Medicine Man gallery. Credit- Rama Knight, 2007


A: Are there any laws or acts that regulate your operation?

C: Yes, we fund works for charitable purposes and therefore we are regulated by the Charities Commission in the UK.




A: You can’t sell any works, can you?

C: Well, you can sell work that has been funded by us if it means it will ensure a higher profile for the work. We are not funding artistci work for commercial purposes and therefore we have to ensure that we have agreements which recoup our investment to ensure we can spend that

investment in other ways, in order to meet our charitable aims.




A: What’s the advantage of such a private trust?

C: We do not have to meet particular political or governmental objectives, so we have freedom to be able to take risks, to be able to move quickly, and to be able to be more reactive, I guess. We can also be more strategic and focused about what we are trying to achieve, and therefore we can fund areas that we see a gap in terms of activity.




A: Could you share with us how you fund the artistic practices?

C: Wellcome Collection is something we run ourselves where we commission artists to make and show work for us. We have grant funding which is a reactive funding program where people can apply to make and show work outside of the Wellcome Trust. And then we have activities we deliver nationally such as the ‘Wonder’ season where we might commission artists to make work for us.




A: What about the Image Awards?

C: Wellcome Image Awards is a part of the Wellcome Library. We have a number of prizes run by the Trust. We have Wellcome Book Prize, which is for medicine and literature; we have the Screenwriting Prize, for science in feature film, we have Science Writing Prize for popular science writing, and we have the Image Awards, so again it’s part of a bigger strategy for developing good ideas and practices within the cultural sector.



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