Art Fund

The Art Fund is a national charity set up to support museums and galleries, lead public appeals and help them to buy and display works of art. The funding it provides is also used for training and development.

It has existed for over 110 years and members can use the fund’s National Art Pass to gain cheaper admission at many museums and galleries across the country.


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Fitzwilliam needs £3.9m to secure Poussin

28 August 2012

The Art Fund has launched a campaign to save a painting by Nicolas Poussin for the nation.

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Manet portrait will stay at Ashmolean

28 August 2012

Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum has announced that it had succeeded in an eight-month campaign to save Edouard Manet’s ‘Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus’ for the nation.

Art acquisitions charity to increase funds by 50 per cent

26 April 2011

WITH the arts budget severely squeezed in the government spending review, the announcement that The Art Fund will be dramatically expanding their funding programme provided some welcome news for Britain’s museums and public galleries.

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Staffordshire Hoard saved for the nation

29 March 2010

THE Staffordshire Hoard has been saved for the nation – and a further £1.7m appeal has been launched to pay for its conservation, study and display.

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Miniature cabinet returns to Tredegar House

10 August 2009

TREDEGAR House in Monmouthshire has welcomed back this miniature piece of George I walnut thanks to a series of grants led by the Art Fund.

Art Fund name Tate Britain chief as new director

29 June 2009

THE Art Fund have appointed Dr Stephen Deuchar, currently the director of Tate Britain and chairman of the 2009 Turner Prize, as its new director, with effect from January 4 2010.

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Imperial War Museum enjoys a double dose of fortune

21 July 2008

LORD Ashcroft’s Victoria Cross collection – the largest in the world – is to go on public display following his £5m donation to the Imperial War Museum. The news comes as the museum has also received a donation from the Art Fund to purchase an important watercolur by Keith Vaughan (1912-1977) at auction.

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Art Fund hands out £5m grants to fund galleries’ contemporary art collections

12 November 2007

The Art Fund have announced the five £1m winners of Art Fund International, the scheme dedicated to building collections of international contemporary art at regional UK museums and galleries.

Curators given £50,000 to spend at Collect fair

22 October 2007

The Art Fund has announced a new funding initiative in partnership with the Crafts Council, dubbed Art Fund Collect, aimed at challenging curators to be more ambitious in extending their collections at a quality craft fair.

Dumfries House campaign fund reaches £7m

29 May 2007

The Art Fund have thrown their weight behind the campaign to save Dumfries House for the nation with a £2m pledge towards acquiring the house and its contents. Christie’s, who are due to sell the contents at a showpiece sale next month, say such good intentions have arrived too late.

Buy Contemporary art charity tells regional museums

10 April 2007

Museums should learn lessons of the 20th century

Art Fund step up pressure over museums cash

27 November 2006

The Louvre has more money to spend on buying art than the National Gallery, both Tates, the V&A and the British Museum put together.

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NPG need £116,057 by end of June, or they lose unique Donne portrait

08 May 2006

LESS than two months remains to find the final £116,057 towards the £1.4m price of a unique portrait of the 17th century poet John Donne.

Art Fund commission’s new work as challenge

13 March 2006

The UK’s leading art charity has commissioned its first-ever work by a contemporary artist as part of a campaign to boost funding for the arts.

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Museums consortium buy Cassel silver

27 July 2005

A TRAVELLING exhibition is to be organised for the unique Cassel silver collection thanks to major grants from the Lottery and the National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund).

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Clive of India flask remains in UK – law change suggested

22 December 2004

A LEADING figure in the world of heritage is calling for a change in the export licence rules – after the decision to keep a valuable work of art in the UK.

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Fund seeks new buying direction

16 September 2004

THE National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund) has criticised the state of public collecting in the UK on the same day as announcing a £500,000 offer to help keep the Macclesfield Psalter in the UK.

New Art Fund chairman to step down

10 August 2004

THE new chairman of the National Arts Collection Fund is to stand down owing to the pressures of work.

Architect donates 600-work collection to Pallant gallery

23 March 2004

THE architect of the newly built British Library is to donate 600 art works collected over 50 years to the nation. Professor Sir Colin St John Wilson will hand over the gift to Pallant House Gallery in Chichester via the National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund), the UK’s leading independent art charity.

Fluorspar is cup that cheers for Ede

05 February 2004

Funded by the Friends of the British Museum, the Caryatid Fund and the National Art Collections Fund, the British Museum has acquired an extremely rare Roman fluorspar cup from the 1st century AD. The total cost of the antiquity, bought from a leading London dealer, was £150,000.

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