The INSPIRE Project

Cass Sculpture Foundation is a registered UK charity. As we approach our 25th Anniversary in 2018, we are at a pivotal point in our growth as we move from a founder-led organisation to a public-facing sustainable entity.

Child drawing Piotr Lakomy's Untitled, 2017

In response to this we have undertaken a 2-year fundraising campaign, 'The INSPIRE Project'. We have committed to increasing access to our extraordinary collections and resources including the archive and developing a new Education and Outreach programme. 

Education and Outreach Programme

We have a successful track record in supporting emerging and mid-career artists and a well regarded academic reputation at post-graduate level and beyond. As the arts generally get cut back in schools and colleges, we now want to work with, and inspire, the younger generation. Our research and focus group sessions have proved the demand for this. Teachers are keen to help us devise new ways to share and interpret the contemporary heritage at CASS. An Education and Outreach Officer will lead a new programme. Plans include building an outdoor work station, developing audio guides and ‘art boxes’, educational film material and a new volunteer training programme. 

The archive

In order to meet museum industry standards, we need to survey, catalogue and digitise the archive. An archivist will carry out this important task, allowing more people, and a wider range of people, to engage with our unique heritage. Material requirements include include new collections management software and conservation and storage materials.

National Lottery Support

The INSPIRE Project is underway thanks to a grant of £98,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We would also like to thank the following for their generous support:
The Garfield Weston Foundation
The Eranda Rothschild Foundation
The Ernest Cook Trust
The Clore Duffield Foundation

To make a donation towards the INSPIRE Project, please contact Laura Brown, Development Director,, 01243 531 852, for further information including funding and acknowledgement opportunities.

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