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, autumn 2018

Art Quarterly, autumn 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 autumn 2018 issue:


• Keeping the Flame Alight

With four shows focused on Pre-Raphaelite artists on this autumn, Jan Marsh looks at why the brotherhood, and sisterhood, of artists retain their popularity.

• The Political Art of Now
Against the backdrop of the socially-engaged artists shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize and Artes Mundi prize, Oliver Basciano explores how artists are responding to the pressing issues of our times.

• The Hidden Histories of Circus
As circus celebrates its 250th anniversary Vanessa Toulmin, curator of three circus-themed exhibitions, celebrates some of its lesser-known histories and the inclusivity that allowed powerful women and performers of colour to excel.

• Face to Face: Tania Kovats and Alex Hartley
The artists and life partners talk about their parallel practices working with landscape, their relationship with it and the and the increasing importance of protecting the natural world. Interview by Helen Sumpter.

• The Life of our Brightest Star
Chris Mugan gets under the surface of our closest celestial body, ahead of the exhibition ‘The Sun: Living with our Star’, at the Science Museum.

• Meet the Collectors: Horace Walpole
Anna McNay uncovers the story of the 18th-century collector, writer, politician and creator of Gothic Revival villa Strawberry Hill, ahead of an exhibition reuniting treasures from his long-dispersed collections.

Spotlight: Dundee
With the opening of the new V&A Dundee this September, Christiana Spens highlights the Scottish city’s cultural destinations including Discovery Point and the Royal Research Ship Discovery, the McManus, Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) and the University of Dundee Museum Collections.

Q: Cathie Pilkington
Ahead of her exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, sculptor Cathie Pilkington speaks to Anna McNay about how she uses the intimacy of the domestic to unsettle and provoke in her increasingly Surrealist figurative work.

On the question of who owns cultural objects, Neil Curtis, Head of Museums and Special Collections at the University of Aberdeen, puts the case for ongoing negotiation rather than just repatriation.

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

Exhibition reviews:
‘Augustus John: Drawn from Life’ at Poole Museum; ‘Wicked Wit: Darly’s Comic Prints’ at Ulster Museum, Belfast; ‘Roman Dead’ at the Museum of London Docklands; ‘Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman’ at Tate Liverpool; ‘Weaving New Worlds’ at the William Morris Gallery; and ‘The Enchanted Garden’ at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle.

Book reviews:
Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime during War by Arthur Tompkins; Trees in Art by Charles Watkins; Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating by Maura Reilly; Fifty Years of Great Art Writing by Hayward Gallery Publishing; Design as an Attitude by Alice Rawsthorn; and Artists in the City: SPACE in ’68 and beyond by Anna Harding.


• Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar on a new scheme, the Headley Fellowships with Art Fund, to provide curators with time to undertake research to enable them to share more about the objects in their collections.

Building Collections – a focus feature on Mark Wallinger’s architectural landmark at Runnymede, Writ in Water, celebrating the legacy of Magna Carta, plus a round-up of other recent acquisitions.

Art Fund chairman Lord Smith of Finsbury recalls his memories of Salvador Dalí’s iconic Mae West Lips Sofa, saved from leaving the UK and acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, with Art Fund support.

Shaping Futures – a focus feature on the Glasgow-based New Collecting Awards recipients Mother Tongue, looking at the importance of acquiring works of art by African and Caribbean artists with a Scottish connection, plus a round-up of other recent awards and grants.

Reaching Audiences – a focus feature on the conservation of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room at the V&A Dundee, plus a round-up of forthcoming Weston Loan Programme exhibitions, Artist Rooms and fig-futures shows, and the RA250 programme.

Making Connections – a focus feature on the Foundling Museum Art Happens crowdfunding campaign to reveal the stories of the women who supported the hospital, plus a round-up of other recently successful Art Happens campaigns, Museum of the Year update, and the latest student 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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