The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust exists to enhance the reputation and understanding of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham as one of Britain’s most significant 20th century artists, and through her legacy supports young people and other individuals to fulfil their potential in the visual arts.
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) was one of the foremost painters working in St Ives after moving there in 1940. Her paintings, alongside those of her contemporaries that comprise the St Ives school, contributed greatly to the development of Modernist British painting in the mid to late twentieth century. Since 1960 she divided her time between her homes in St Ives and St Andrews, affirming herself as much a Scottish as Cornish artist. She was completely dedicated to her art, with a drive and energy that sustained her for over sixty years of her professional life. She was still working daily at the very end.
The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust was established by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in 1987, and came into effect following her death in January 2004. It was created to secure her life’s work and archive for future generations.
Willie, as she was known to her friends, had a clear vision and ambition for her Trust. Her primary directives were that the trustees protect her artistic legacy, and to provide financial support for Arts students who require assistance, by making available grants, scholarships or bursaries to further their education in the Fine Arts and the History of Art. The bursary programme can include also graduate artists young in their career, as well as funding for artist-in-residency opportunities.
For more detailed information about Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and the Trust’s aims and activities, please click on the headings at the top and to the left. .
If you would like to contact the Trust please write to us at
PO Box 29267
or click here to email.