Museum, Gallery and Heritage Site Learning Spaces
South London Gallery
The Foundation awarded £100,000 to the creation of the Clore Studio, a purpose-built 75m2 education studio developed as part of the South London Gallery's ambitious £1.94m expansion project. Press and public response to the gallery's extension has been overwhelmingly positive. Since re-opening in June 2010, visitor numbers have doubled with over 1,000 visitors participating in education activities each month.
Great North Museum
The Foundation awarded £250,000 to fund the new multi-purpose Clore Learning Suite in the context of a £26 million redevelopment of Newcastle's old Hancock museum into the Great North Museum. The Museum reopened in May 2009 and the Clore Learning Suite averages 2,354 visitors per month. As well as delivering Secondary and Primary Science and History workshops and holiday activities for children and young people, the Centre has become a hub for adult learning, delivering creative writing workshops in partnership with the North East Centre for Lifelong Learning.
Museum of the Year: Clore Award for Museum Learning
The annual £100,000 Museum of the Year Prize was created in 2002 and the Art Fund assumed sponsorship from the Gulbenkian Foundation in 2008. The Awards have proved very successful, with recipients benefitting from increased visitor numbers and media coverage, as well as the cash prize. From 2011, the Foundation is supporting a new £10,000 annual award for an outstanding learning initiative: the Clore Award for Museum Learning.
The Trustees contributed £5.5m towards the Southbank Centre's £92.4m redevelopment in 2004 and the Foundation remains the lead private donor to the campaign. The Royal Festival Hall reopened in June 2007 and the Clore Ballroom is now a vibrant focus for various elements of the Southbank's active learning and participation programme.
The Unicorn Theatre for children and young people was founded in 1947 and moved to a new purpose-built home near London Bridge in 2005. A £250,000 donation from the Foundation created the Clore Studio Theatre. From 2011, the Foundation is supporting the Theatre's learning and participation programme for three years, with an annual donation of £25,000.
An annual grant of £20,000 for three years is going towards's Glyndebourne's flagship education project ‘Performances for Schools'. The project is focused on GCSE and A-Level students who would not normally have access to live opera, and combines significantly subsidised tickets to Glyndebourne (or one of the five theatres visited by Glyndebourne on Tour) with a series of workshops, online resources and teacher training days.
Health and Social Care
Maggie's Centres are inspiring places providing free professional psychological support, stress management and information for anyone with any type of cancer, their family, friends and carers. The Foundation funded the Library & Information Area within the Maggie's Centre at Charing Cross Hospital, London, and went on to agree an additional grant to fund a Cancer Support Specialist. The Foundation's association with Maggie's continues with a £75,000 grant towards a ‘Clore Living Room' at Maggie's Oxford, which moves from a portacabin in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital, to a permanent, purpose-built Centre on the same site in November 2013.
The Amber Foundation
Amber helps unemployed young people on the margins of society transform their lives through a comprehensive residential programme that gives each ‘Amberteer' the time, space and support they need to sort out their problems. In November 2010, the Trustees agreed to renew their support with a grant of £10,000 a year for three years to help meet core costs, which have increased with the opening of the charity's third centre in Ockley, Surrey.
Shaftesbury Young People
Shaftesbury Young People provides advocacy and intensive support to stabilise the education, social welfare and emotional wellbeing of looked-after or in need children and young people (8-25). A grant of £10,000 funded Siblings United, a project which has been designed to increase contact between brothers and sisters living apart due to care arrangements. In keeping with the Foundation's core interests, our funding covered the cost of art workshops and craft activities at five activity camps which took place in 2011.