The Gabo Trust was founded in 1988 by the family of the sculptor Naum Gabo (1890-1977). Aware of problems with new materials in modern and contemporary sculpture, they intended that the Trust should increase resources for sculpture conservation in institutional collections, and support for the further education of professional conservators.
The Gabo Trust is a registered charity run by a small Board of Trustees. Since its foundation, the Trust has awarded over sixty grants covering a wide variety of applications. The Trust has supported individuals for further training, conferences, workshops and bursaries. Conservation departments within institutions have received support for acquiring conservation equipment and items to assist with the safe storage and movement of sculpture.
The majority of grants awarded are under £5,000. The Trust favours applications that have a relevance to modern and contemporary sculpture, although inevitably many have a wider application.