Rapid Response Fund

If you are a CAS Museum Member and are interested in applying for the Rapid Response Fund please click here
Support the Rapid Response Fund for artists during the Covid-19 crisis as a Founder Supporter.

The CAS Rapid Response Fund seeks to make available in excess of £160,000 to UK based artists.  Supporting museums and galleries as they prepare to welcome their communities into the buildings and collections will be a critical moment as the UK begins to process the current global trauma.  The Rapid Response Fund will enable museums to apply for a new work to be acquired ready for display to these audiences whereby activating collections and museums once again.

We respectfully ask you to consider a donation of £2,500/£5,000/£10,000 to enable the CAS to achieve the target of £160,000 as soon as possible. Donations can be made through the link below or by BACS transfer.

A crowdfunding campaign has also been launched, in which four artists – David Shrigley, Eddie Peake, Linder and Yinka Shonibare – have designed custom facemasks to say thank you for your support. Click here to find out more.

If you would like to discuss your donation, please contact Dida Tait, Head of External Relations, on +44 (0)7834 320004 or email Dida@contemporaryartsociety.org.

The Contemporary Art Society is a registered charity.


If you are a CAS Museum Member and are interested in applying for the Rapid Response Fund please click here


On 20 May 2020 the Contemporary Art Society will be launching a new fund: the CAS Rapid Response Fund, in Partnership with Frieze London. This scheme is designed with a two-fold purpose:  Firstly to bring much needed support to artists in the UK who have been hit very hard by the lockdown, and secondly, but equally importantly, to support our 71 Member Museums up and down the country, in their role within their communities as we slowly come out of the lockdown.

In March, as the museums and galleries closed their doors, biennales, art fairs and festivals postponed or cancelled, the crisis was visited on artists with terrible immediacy. Our supporters, like you, are among those most likely to understand exactly how serious a situation this is. The Rapid Response Fund will challenge museums to apply to buy work to display when they reopen, specifically supporting them in their active engagement with their local communities.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awards made each month.

At CAS, we want to do something now, when the need is greatest. The CAS has always been one of the most important contributors at grassroots level in the visual arts ecology in this country: supporting artists, galleries and museums through smart and timely purchases. That support can be of critical importance right now, injecting investment directly where it is needed.

All indications are that museums will be among the first institutions to re-open once the lockdown rules begin to be relaxed.  Unlike cinemas, theatres and football stadiums, people can visit a museum and continue to observe the social distancing rules. This is the moment for museums to extend their civic role, to connect dynamically with their community. The museum can be a place for solace and contemplation, a place for healing.  There is so much concern for our mental health as we endure this collective trauma, and that will continue as we eventually come out of the crisis.

Our 70 Member Museums across the whole of the UK welcome more than 21 million visitors in a normal year.  Our fund will challenge them to think about how they speak to their community once they can open the doors again and let the people in.  This is a moment to be open, democratic, generous.


Rapid Response Fund Founder Supporters

With thanks to:
Nicola Blake
Marco Compagnoni
Sarah Elson
Emma Goltz
Sarah and Gerard Griffin
Soo and Jonathan Hitchin
Béatrice and James Lupton
Suling Mead
The Mbili Charitable Trust
Valeria Napoleone
Maureen Paley
Catherine Petitgas
The Search Foundation
Katrina and Stephen Reitman
Bianca and Stuart Roden
Dasha Shenkman
Paul Smith
Christoph and Pamela Stangar
Cathy Wills
Edwin and Dina Wulfsohn
Anna Yang

List in formation as of 5 June 2020

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