About Abbey Harris and How to Apply

The E A Abbey Memorial Trust Fund for Mural Painting in Great Britain
The E Vincent Harris Fund for Mural Decoration

Abbey Harris Mural Fund

The EA Abbey Memorial Trust Fund for Mural Painting in Great Britain and The E Vincent Harris Fund for Mural Decoration makes grants to artists who have been commissioned to create murals in public places.

A list of past awards is available here.

These two funds are vested in the Royal Academy of Arts and since 1970 have been administered by the Incorporated Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Scholarships (Abbey Awards). Awards are made by The Abbey Harris Mural Fund Committee which consists of members of the Abbey Council. Committee members are Peter Brades (Chair), Vanessa Jackson, Julia Farrer and Paul Huxley.

Eligible projects

Awards are made to artists who have been commissioned to create temporary or permanent murals for public places or charitable institutions within the UK. Artists' requests for funds must be backed by an authority from the institution in question. Alternatively, the commissioning institute may apply to the Fund on behalf of the muralist. There are no restrictions of age or nationality.

The Abbey Harris Mural Fund only offers support for new original works and not for repairs or restorations.

How to Apply

The Committee will next be considering applications in May 2019, closing date 26th April 2019.

Apply by email with :-

  1. a) a letter explaining the project
  2. b) detailed plans and sketches/drawings for the proposed work
  3. c) no more than 2 JPEG images of your/the proposed artist's work
  4. d) no more than 2 JPEG images of the place where it is to be placed
  5. e) a fully budgeted funding request.

Please email the application letter and accompanying materials to contact@abbey.org.uk.

Please make sure your submission complies with the conditions outlined above.

Each year the total amount of the grants awarded is never more than £5,000 and is usually around £2,000 - £3,000.

Artists and Projects supported in the past include:

Norman Adams, Edward Bawden, David Bratby, Stefan Knapp, Victor Pasmore, Tom Phillips, Leonard Rosomon and Bridget Riley.

Works made possible by the funds can be found in many places throughout the country including Lincoln Cathedral, York Minster and many churches, hospitals, schools, universities, theatres, civic centres, sports centres and open spaces.

2003 Bernice Donszelman for a mural at the Royal London Hospital.
Katharina Grosse for a huge temporary mural on the outside walls of the Civic Library in Birmingham. VIEW
2004 James Aldridge for a mural in the new breast cancer wing at Bart's Hospital.
Rose Finn-Kelcey for a mural at St Paul's Church Bow Common. VIEW
2005 Sara Manzotti for a mural in the children's outpatients corridor at King's College Hospital, London.
2006 Pallant House Gallery, Chichester for a mural in mussel shells by Susie MacMurray. VIEW
2007 No grant was made.
2008 Milton Keynes Gallery for a temporary mural by Richard Woods. VIEW
2009 Vital Arts to support a mural by Oona Culley for the new radiotherapy department at Bart's Hospital. VIEW
2010 Pallant House Gallery, Chichester for a mural work by Spencer Finch. VIEW
2011 Arts Lights London for a wall-based light installation "Basketball" (part of a wider project entitled Kids Draw Games) at St Mary's Paddington by Ron Haselden. VIEW
2012 No grant was made.
2013 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham for three contrasting temporary mural compositions by David Tremlett filling the second floor exhibition spaces from 4 December 2013 – 21 April 2014. VIEW
2014 Vital Arts for a Mural by Stephen Smith in the newly opened dental department of the Royal London Hospital for children with special needs. VIEW
2015 Pallant House for a site specific mural installation by Lothar Götz. VIEW
2016 No grant was made.

Images of awards prior to 2006 are archived in the Library of the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House.