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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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.

New guide on how to save key art works for nation

19 January 2004

Measures would not restrict art trade: BRITAIN may soon enjoy one of the most enlightened schemes for keeping key works of art in the country, thanks to the Goodison Review, which has just been published.

Art Fund grant for 13th century stained glass

08 January 2004

A National Art Collections Fund grant of £37,500 has helped Ely’s Stained Glass Museum acquire an important early 13th century French stained glass panel of the bust of a king.

Art Fund celebrate 100 years with another grant

27 November 2003

IN the week of their centenary conference to discuss the future of saving art for the nation, the National Art Collections Fund announced another success. They have awarded a grant of £108,000 to help the British Museum acquire the Guilford Puteal: Corinth’s Monument to Actium (c.25-10 BC).

Art Fund host conference as report on future policy nears completion

10 November 2003

THIS week sees a two-day international conference at The Savoy in London to mark the centenary of the National Art Collections Fund. Saving Art for the Nation, A Valid Approach to 21st-Century Collecting? runs on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11 and 12, and will focus on whether it matters if works of art that were once the pride of British private collections go overseas and how they should be rescued for the nation if we believe it is important to keep them here.

Privates treaty sale

23 September 2003

IT started as a joke, but at £240,000, it is now one of the most important pieces of ceramics to change hands in recent years. One of the most extraordinary pieces of maiolica in existence, the phallic plate, pictured right, whose purchase grant of £100,000 is the highest ever given by the National Art Collections Fund for a piece of ceramics, dates to about 1536 and is attributed to Francisco Urbino, one of the leading maiolica painters of the period.

Ashmolean development hope

21 July 2003

OXFORD’S Ashmolean Museum has made an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £23m for a major redevelopment of the building. The new proposals for Europe’s oldest museum include a dedicated education centre, 100 per cent more display space and state-of-the-art environmental control.

Budget boost for Art Fund campaign

15 April 2003

CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown’s Budget plans to help achieve one of the three main aims of the National Art Collections Fund (the Art Fund) campaign to improve art donation. Concern that art owners do not have enough incentive to bequeath works to the nation has led the Chancellor to announce that he will look at introducing a policy of tax relief on such donations – until now, such relief has only been available on donations of cash or shares.

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