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 2019

Art Quarterly, autumn 2019

In the autumn 2019 issue:


  • The Power of the Self-Portrait

Artists’ depictions of themselves can be complex expressions of the self. With several upcoming exhibitions featuring self-portraits of prominent artists, Ben Street explores what lies behind their enduring appeal, to both artist and viewer.

  • Art and Health: Wellcome Partners

Curator Natasha McEnroe and writer David Trigg select objects and artists from two new permanent exhibitions – at the Science Museum, and the Wellcome Collection – that explore artists’ and scientists’ evolving relationship with human health.

  • Face to Face: Siobhan Davies and Lucy Suggate

At the start of a new four-year partnership between between Siobhan Davies Dance and BALTIC, choreographer Siobhan Davies talks with dance artist Lucy Suggate about what it means not only to see and be moved by art, but to see and move with it. Interview by Helen Sumpter.

  • Meet the Collectors: Ellen Sharples

The artistic abilities and enterprising spirit of Ellen Sharples not only helped create a successful business with her family but, 175 years ago, led to the establishment of Bristol’s Royal West of England Academy, an institution that’s still thriving today. Anna McNay tells her story.

  • Showing Society in Statistics

An exhibition at the House of Illustration of the innovative social graphics made by African-American sociologist WEB Du Bois, in 1900, leads Paul Luna to consider how data visualisation has evolved.

  • Do Take Your Time

With a new Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition, ‘Slow Painting’, opening at Leeds Art Gallery, the latest of many initiatives encouraging us to spend more time engaging with an individual work of art, Matt Price explores the ideas behind ‘slow looking’.

Spotlight: Norwich
A celebration of WG Sebald’s local literary masterpiece Rings of Saturn is just one good reason to visit this eastern city with a thriving arts scene, and its surrounds, as Rachel Kent explains.

Q: Morehshin Allahyari
The Iranian-born artist and activist, whose work is featuring in the exhibition ‘What Remains’, at IWM London, explains what ‘digital colonialism’ means to her, and how she responds to it in her work.

Claire Buckley from charity Julie’s Bicycle on the role that museums can play in the conversation around climate crisis.

Previews and listings of selected exhibitions on now and opening soon around the UK; exhibition and book reviews; 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, Sarah Kent, Hilary Mantel, Griselda Murray Brown, Rachel Spence, Ben Street and Marina Vaizey.

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