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 summer 2020 issue:


Life on Ice

Against a backdrop of the urgent issue of climate change, a planned exhibition at the British Museum explores the cultural histories, past and present, of the Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic. Its curator, Jan Peter Laurens Loovers, selects six key objects from the show, while Ellen Mara De Wachter talks to one half of artist collaborators Embassy of Imagination about the work they are making with young people in the region.

In Living Colour

Face to Face: Artists David Batchelor and Rana Begum met at Batchelor’s London studio, at the beginning of March, to discuss the overlapping concerns in their work, including their working practices, the use of ready-made materials, the effects of light and, most importantly, their relationship with colour.

A Fully Engaged Creative Life

Artist Ruth Asawa folded all experiences – from family to a love of natural forms and a belief in the positive social power of art education – into her unique sculptural practice. Hettie Judah profiles her life and work.

Gustave Moreau: Illuminating Tales

A series of extraordinary watercolours by 19th-century French artist Gustave Moreau, based on an anthology of fables, will be brought together in public for the first time in more than a century. James Cahill tells their story.

Meet the Collectors: Mercedes Vilardell

A passion for art, particularly from Africa and the African diaspora, has led Mercedes Vilardell to become an art collector and a philanthropic champion of the artists she collects, along with the institutions who support them. Helen Sumpter visited her at her London home at the end of 2019.

Opinion: Has the temporary closure of museums forced them to think differently about digital?

As shuttered museums and galleries look ahead to reopening, there are valuable insights to be learned from how their digital and social-media teams have responded to audiences during this time, says Kati Price, head of digital media and publishing at the V&A.


Previews and listings of selected exhibitions coming soon and online now; museum collections to engage with digitally; reviews of exhibitions, museum broadcasts and books; 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.

To receive every issue of Art Quarterly, along with a National Art Pass that provides free or reduced entry to hundreds of galleries and museums across the UK, and up to 50% off entry to major exhibitions, join Art Fund’s 159,000 members.

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