Gabo Trust for sculpture conservation
The sculptor Naum Gabo (1890-1977) pioneered the use of new and experimental materials such as plastics in art, an interest that greatly influenced later generations. Yet many of these materials and methods brought with them challenges to the long-term preservation of artworks. In 1988, Gaboís family founded a Trust in his name to promote the conservation of modern and contemporary sculpture for the public benefit, the education of sculpture conservators and the funding of research into the conservation and restoration of sculpture.
Its role has become increasingly important, at a time when museum funds are very constrained: The Trustís remit to offer grants for education, networking and advice, and the purchase of specialist equipment, goes much further than giving grants to conserve specific individual pieces.
The Trustís investments have been expertly managed: the same amount of funds are available for grants today as when the Trust was set up in 1988.