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 discounted entry and other benefits available to Art Fund members with their National Art Pass.

Art Quarterly, summer AQ

Art Quarterly, summer AQ

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 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 2019 issue:


  • We Are What We Eat

David Trigg explores the links between cuisine and creativity, and how what we eat can tell us about how we live – past, present and future – taking exhibitions at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and V&A, London, as his starting point. He also speaks to artist Olafur Eliasson about his relationship with food and his exhibition at Tate Modern.

  • Museum of the Year 2019

Profiles of the five shortlisted museums – HMS Caroline, Belfast; Nottingham Contemporary; St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff; and V&A Dundee – by Hester Musson.

  • Living in the Past

Costumed visitor guides and specialist craftspeople who work in some of the UK’s ‘living museums’ describe what it’s like to bring history to life – at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Telford; Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon; Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Cumbria; Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh; and Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra. Interviews by Helen Sumpter.

  • To the Moon and Back

Marking the 50th anniversary in July of the first moonwalk, Chris Mugan profiles the Earth’s natural satellite, looking, in particular, at exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Guildford; and the Natural History Museum, London.

  • Interview: Tarek Atoui

Beirut-born composer and sound artist Tarek Atoui, who is working with participants across Leeds and Wakefield as part of the inaugural Yorkshire Sculpture International, talks to Robert Barry about participatory performance and the material properties of sound.

  • Meet the Collectors: Nicky and Robert Wilson

Ten years after opening sculpture park Jupiter Artland, just outside Edinburgh, its founders Nicky and Robert Wilson talk to Veronica Simpson.

Spotlight: Stratford-upon-Avon

As the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust celebrates the 250th anniversary of actor and theatre manager David Garrick’s ‘Shakespeare Jubilee’ – which helped put Stratford-upon-Avon on the map – Anna McNay visits the trust’s five venues: Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s cottage, Hall’s Croft, Mary Arden’s Farm and Shakespeare’s New Place.

Q: Ralph Rugoff

Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff explains the ideas behind his curation of this year’s Venice Biennale under the title ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’.


Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, sets out how and why local councils should support their museums as well as other vital services.


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

Exhibition reviews:

‘The world exists to be put on a postcard’ at the British Museum, London; ‘Mike Nelson: The Asset Strippers’ at Tate Britain, London; ‘Jews, Money, Myth’ at the Jewish Museum, London; ‘The German Revolution: Expressionist Prints’ at the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow; ‘Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style’ at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; and ‘Artist and Model: Portraits, Self-Portraits and Figure Studies from the Swindon Collection’ at the Swindon Museum & Art Gallery.

Book reviews:

Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist by Elizabeth Goldring; Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice by John Marciari; Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste by Amanda Boetzkes; The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes; Bauhaus Goes West: Modern Art and Design in Britain and America by Alan Powers; and Olafur Eliasson – Experience published by Phaidon.


• Beyond Borders
Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar on supporting museums in broadening their international connections.

• Ways to Enrich Museums
Building Collections – Art Fund director of programmes Sarah Philp on new ways to support collections, plus other recent acquisitions and commissions.

• Securing a Ruskin Collection
Art Fund chairman Lord Smith of Finsbury on the acquisition of the Whitehouse Ruskin Collections for Lancaster University – the Ruskin Library, Museum and Research Centre.

• Revealing a Herbarium
Shaping Futures – Headley fellow Adam Smith, Curator of Natural Sciences at Nottingham Natural History Museum on uncovering a hidden plant collection, plus other awards, grants and traineeships.

• The History Beneath our Feet
Reaching Audiences – the National Trust’s new ‘People's Landscapes’ project, plus tours, exhibitions and events.

• UK Artists Beyond Venice
Making Connections – Art Fund’s support of touring and other initiatives relating to this year’s UK artists at the Venice Biennale, plus campaign updates and new Student Art Pass opportunities.

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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