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.

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.

Art Quarterly, winter AQ

Art Quarterly, winter AQ

In the spring 2019 issue:


  • Face to Face: Zarina Bhimji and Farshid Moussavi

Artist Zarina Bhimji and architect Farshid Moussavi discuss the social and cultural function of buildings, museum spaces, archives and ruins. Interview by Helen Sumpter.

  • The Renaissance Nude

Ahead of the Royal Academy of Art, London’s exhibition, Renaissance art historian Jill Burke explores the many meanings behind, and reactions to, depictions of the naked figure in western art in the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • Profile: Katie Paterson

Nancy Durrant surveys the multidisciplinary art of Katie Paterson, whose ambitious, collaborative work, which focuses on nature, the cosmos, ecology and geology, is currently on show at Turner Contemporary, Margate.

  • Meet the Collectors: Margaret Gardiner

As Orkney’s Pier Arts Centre turns 40, Gabriel Coxhead tells the story of its founder, and the many artists that she befriended and supported, in particular Barbara Hepworth.

  • Comic Heroes

To mark the opening, in April of a new London venue for the Cartoon Museum, the museum director Becky Jefcoate, comic-art curator Steve Marchant and cartoonist Martin Rowson select six works from its ‘Comic Creators’ collection, showcasing original comic-strip artwork produced for UK publications.

Spotlight: Milton Keynes

With the new MK Gallery opening in March, Anna McNay explains some of the ideas behind the design, which echoes and celebrates the original plans for the 1960s new town, and highlights other cultural venues nearby, including Bletchley Park, the North Hertfordshire Museum, St Albans Museum + Gallery, the Verulamium Museum and Knebworth House. Read this article online.

Q: Mariele Neudecker

With a new work currently on show at Dulwich Picture Gallery, alongside – and made in response to – the paintings of Norwegian artist Harald Sohlberg, Mariele Neudecker speaks to Helen Sumpter about the relationship to landscape and nature in her work.


Kathrin Böhm, from artist initiative Myvillages, sets out how the rural should be recognised as a unique space for contemporary art, alongside, rather than in opposition to, the urban.


Previews of selected exhibitions on during spring, plus themed and additional listings of shows open now and opening soon to see around the UK. Read Art Quarterly's preview of Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain online, featuring an interview with curator Carol Jacobi.

Exhibition reviews:

‘The Lore of the Land’ at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, London; ‘NOW | Monster Chetwynd, Henry Coombes, Moyna Flannigan, Betye Saar, Wael Shawky’ at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; ‘Performing Tibetan Identities: Photographic Portraits by Nyema Droma’ at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; ‘MAC International Prize 2018’ at the MAC, Belfast; ‘Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis’ at House of Illustration, London; and ‘Kyffin Williams: The Artist and Amgueddfa Cymru’ at the National Museum of Wales.

Book reviews:

Wallpapers at Temple Newsam: 1635 to the Present by Anthony Wells-Cole and Barbara Walker; The Hand that Rocked the Cradle: The Art of Birth and Infancy by Sue Laurence; The Islamic World: A History in Objects published by Thames & Hudson and the British Museum; Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor by Leslie Umberger; and A New Way of Seeing: The History of Art in 57 Works by Kelly Grovier.


  • Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar on how Art Fund membership has doubled in a decade, and the primacy of the museum visitor.
  • Building Collections – a focus feature on Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s acquisition of five film works by John Wood and Paul Harrison, with help from Art Fund’s Moving Image Fund, plus other recent acquisitions, exhibitions and seminars.
  • Art Fund chairman Lord Smith of Finsbury on the acquisition of a painting by Sir John Lavery commemorating Armistice Day, but also encapsulating the mixed emotions that accompany the end of any war.
  • Shaping Futures – a focus feature on Art Fund’s small-projects-grant support for New Contemporaries’ 70th anniversary programme, plus other awards and events.
  • Reaching Audiences – a focus feature on the forthcoming Weston Loan Programme exhibitions, plus works on tour and the upcoming AGM.
  • Making Connections – a focus feature comprising an excerpt from series two of Art Fund’s podcast, ‘Meet Me at the Museum’, with Lemn Sissay at the Foundling Museum, plus other initiatives.

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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