Paul Hamlyn set up the Foundation in 1987 and left a substantial sum on his death to enlarge it. His values were summarised in the motto – ‘There must be a better way’, words which we have adapted in our strapline to describe what we want to achieve – ‘Towards a better way’. That way is towards being a society that is fair, allows people to realise their potential, fights prejudice, encourages and assists participation in and enjoyment of the arts and learning, and understands the importance of the quality of life for all communities.
Their mission is to help people to realise their potential and enjoy a better quality of life, now and in the future.
United Kingdom and India
Arts; with special initiatives focused on organisational change in museums and galleries, supporting artists and innovation in the art sector and artists working in participatory setting.
Education & Learning; with special initiatives focused on music education, residential learning and good practice in the HR sector.
Social Justice; with special initiatives focused on refugee/migrant rights, the criminal justice system and supporting young people with mental health issues.
India; open grants focused on building capacity in NGOS working with vulnerable groups.