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 and accessible content and comment on art and artists, galleries and museums, and the works they show and hold in their collections, as well as highlighting the benefits available to Art Fund members with their National Art Pass.

Art Quarterly, summer 2018

Art Quarterly, summer 2018

Each issue looks forward to what’s happening in the coming months around the UK and beyond, and comments on the events and issues of the day. It includes in-depth features, interviews, conversations, previews, reviews, news and opinion, by writers, critics, commentators and experts in the field, alongside its new Funded section, which details works of art that Art Fund has helped museums and galleries to acquire over the past quarter, and the impact of the four strands of Art Fund’s charitable programme.

In the summer 2018 issue:


  • Rembrandt in Albion

Rachel Spence looks at Rembrandt’s relatively unexplored impact on the British imagination, as examined in a new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.

  • Face to Face: Heather Phillipson and Ed Atkins

Ahead of the opening of her new Art on the Underground commission, artist Heather Phillipson talks to peer and friend Ed Atkins about how their artistic practices, which both include text and video installation, connect and diverge.

  • Art Fund Museum of the Year

Ahead of this year’s awards, Nancy Durrant talks to recent winners, shortlisted institutions and to Art Fund itself to find out the true value of its annual prize, and profiles this year’s five nominees.

  • Who was Thomas Chippendale?

As venues around the UK celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale, Chris Mugan explores the life and legacy of the cabinet-making pioneer.

  • Meet the Collectors: Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Turin-based Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is not only a passionate collector but also a devoted lender of her works. She talks to Hettie Judah as preparations are underway for an exhibition, in Rochdale, of a selection of works from her collection by women artists.

Spotlight: Lake District
Anna McNay follows in the art critic John Ruskin’s footsteps, visiting his final home, Brantwood; the nearby museum in his name; and a host of other Cumbrian museums and art galleries that helped the Lake District earn its inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Q: Ed Ruscha
As his installation of 10 paintings, Course of Empire, made for the 51st Venice Biennale and referencing the 19th-century painter Thomas Cole’s similarly titled work, goes on display at the National Gallery, American artist Ed Ruscha speaks to Anna McNay about how his work responds to the cyclical nature of civilisation, progress and change.

Former Director of Visual Arts at the British Council, Andrea Rose, makes the case for cultural diplomacy in a climate of cold war.

Previews of selected exhibitions on during the summer, plus themed and additional listings of shows to see around the UK.

Exhibition reviews:
Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18 at the Design Museum, London; Patron Saints: Collecting Stanley Spencer at the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham; The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the Present at the National Maritime Museum, London; Picasso: Paper and Clay at the Lightbox, Woking; Elsbeth Juda: Grit and Glamour at the Jewish Museum, London, and Alison Wilding at the Whitworth, Manchester.

Book reviews:
Three books marking the bicentenary of Frankenstein: Christopher Frayling’s Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years, Angela Wright’s Mary Shelley and Fiona Sampson’s In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein; The Dark Side of the Boom by Georgina Adam; Joel Meyerowitz’s Where I Find Myself; a reissue of John Ruskin’s Giotto and his Works in Padua; and Flying Too Close to the Sun: Myths in Art from Classical to Contemporary.


  • Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar introduces the new Funded section and the four strands of Art Fund’s programme.
  • Building Collections: a focus feature on Katrina Palmer’s 14-18 NOW commission The Coffin Jump at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, plus a round-up of other recent commissions and acquisitions and the works Art Fund has helped museums to acquire.
  • Art Fund chairman Lord Smith of Finsbury on the acquisition of the Thames Tunnel archive.
  • Shaping Futures: a focus feature on the Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grant recipient Stephanie Straine and her new exhibition, A Slice through the World, at Modern Art Oxford and Drawing Room, plus a round-up of other recent Ruffer grant and New Collecting Award recipients and news of Art Fund-supported bursaries and training schemes.
  • Reaching Audiences: a focus feature on About Face at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, the first exhibition supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund, plus a round-up of other forthcoming Weston Loan Programme exhibitions, ARTIST ROOMS shows, works on tour and other projects.
  • Making Connections: a focus feature on the Museum of London Art Happens crowdfunding campaign to reopen its Pleasure Gardens Gallery, plus a round-up of other recently successful Art Happens campaigns, news of the RA250 exhibition and talks programmes, and Art Fund’s new Student Writing Competition.

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, Sarah Kent, Hilary Mantel, Griselda Murray Brown, Rachel Spence, Ben Street and Marina Vaizey.

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