Art Quarterly

Published four times a year, Art Quarterly is the magazine of Art Fund and is one of the highly valued benefits of becoming an Art Fund member. It provides readers with insightful, accessible content and comment on art and artists, and current and upcoming exhibitions in UK museums and galleries.

It also highlights the discounted entry and other benefits available to Art Fund members with their National Art Pass, as well as the wider work of Art Fund’s charitable programme.

In the winter 2020 issue:


Meet the Collectors: Ina Sarikhani

Elizabeth Fullerton speaks to the co-founder of the subterranean collection that is bringing 5,000 years of Iranian culture to light, and that will form a significant part of the V&A’s upcoming exhibition Epic Iran.

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020: the celebrations continue

Skye Sherwin highlights what made this year’s winners stand out, and a supporter of each museum tells one personal story, among many thousands of stories, about why museums matter.

Eating for the Planet

Ellen Mara De Wachter profiles collaborative partnership Cooking Sections, whose work responds to the causes and effects of climate change, particularly in relation to global food production, ahead of a new presentation of their work at Tate Britain.

The Immersive Theatre of Life

Pioneering Indian artist Nalini Malani tells Hettie Judah about the diverse cultural, social and political references in her work, and her new installation at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Meet the Collectors: Gwendoline and Margaret Davies

A bequest of 260 works by two Welsh sisters who grew up in the late-Victorian era totally transformed the fine-art collection of the National Museum Wales. Anna McNay tells their story.

Opinion: How does a museum thrive by engaging with and serving its local audiences as well as its tourist visitors?

Being embedded in the community, working in partnership with local people, ensuring good governance and being able to present an exciting programme is one recipe for success, says Simon Townsend, director of Banbury Museum & Gallery.


Artist Tracey Emin on how her creative relationship with the work of Edvard Munch has evolved since she first encountered it, aged 17, as a new exhibition pairing the work of both artists opens at the Royal Academy.

Agenda lead previews

Q&A with curator Clare O’Dowd, on the themes behind the upcoming Portable Sculpture exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute, and an introduction to the exhibition Unearthed: Photography’s Roots, tracing the history of photography through the depictions of plants, at Dulwich Picture Galley.


Previews and listings of selected exhibitions coming soon and open now, reviews of books and museums' digital activity, and the latest news on the impact of Art Fund’s charitable programme, including the works of art that Art Fund has helped museums and galleries to acquire over the past quarter.

Edited by Helen Sumpter, Art Quarterly’s past and present contributors include Mary Beard, Martin Coomer, Gabriel Coxhead, Charles Darwent, Nancy Durrant, Marcus Field, Sam Jacob, Hettie Judah, Maev Kennedy, Fisun Güner, Hilary Mantel, Anna McNay, Chris Sharratt, Rachel Spence, Ben Street, David Trigg and Marina Vaizey.

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