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, current and upcoming exhibitions in UK museums and galleries, as well as highlighting the discounted entry and other benefits available to Art Fund members with their National Art Pass, and the wider work of Art Fund’s charitable programme.

Art Quarterly, winter 2019

Art Quarterly, winter 2019

In the winter 2019 issue:


Depictions of Motherhood

Ahead of a new exhibition at the Foundling museum, Skye Sherwin looks at the portrayal of pregnancy in Western art and the media over 500 years, from Christian imagery of the Virgin Mary to social media photographs of celebrity baby-bumps.

Interview: Denzil Forrester

The artist talks to Nancy Durrant about the inspirations for his paintings – from his Grenada childhood to 1980s London’s dub-reggae clubs and sound-system parties – and new work he is making for an exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary.

Re-imagining Utopia

A new exhibition at the Whitworth, in Manchester, prompts David Trigg to consider what utopia means now, and how artists and thinkers, over centuries, have responded to the notion of an ideal world.

A Brief History of the Winter Garden

From Victorian glasshouses to gardens planted for the colder months, Deborah Trentham charts the history and ongoing appeal of the winter garden, including venues such as Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Preston Park Museum & Grounds.

In the Wake of the Mayflower

Four centuries after the Mayflower sailed for America, Chris Mugan revisits its story, its passengers’ impact on America’s native peoples, and the commemorative events planned for 2020, including the opening of new venue, the Box, in Plymouth.

Spotlight: Aberdeen

A transformed art gallery is just one of the striking venues to experience in and around this historic northeast Scottish town, as Iain Irving explains.

Q: Barbara Walker

The Birmingham-based British artist talks to Anna McNay about how she gives visibility to lost or little-known stories in her work, and her current exhibition at Turner Contemporary, in Margate, of drawings of local migrant women.


Director of Create London, Hadrian Garrard, explains how a block of housing being built in east London is challenging the market pressures that are pushing artists and low-income workers out of our cities.


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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