The Elephant Trust was created in 1975 by Roland Penrose and Lee Miller with a view to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the United Kingdom.

The Elephant Trust also administers three other trusts:

  • The George Melhuish Bequest
  • The Shelagh Wakely Bequest
  • The Joanna Drew Travel Bursary which will be offered each summer to a Curator needing to travel to further experience or studies


‘To bear in mind at all times an original, inquisitive, open-minded, generous and unshockable approach to art in all its forms with a bias towards the visual arts.’

This injunction, laid down by the original Trustees of The Elephant Trust, embodies the spirit of its founders, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, and remains the cornerstone of the Trust’s policy today.

The Trust was set up in 1975 to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and art institutions/galleries that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted via the Applications page by midnight:

Closing date Sunday 20th October 2024 (open from 30th July)


View the Guidelines before applying