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July 2017

This year give the cultural membership that gives back
The Hepworth Wakefield is winner of £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017

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May 2017

Art Fund announces significant growth in its charitable programme supporting UK museums in 2016

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April 2017

Five finalists announced for £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017
New funding for sharing works of art across the UK

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March 2017

Art Fund announces next six winners of New Collecting Awards
Leighton House Museum Voted Most Romantic in Art Fund and eHarmony Online Poll

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February 2017

Art Fund statement regarding Pontormo's Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap
Artist Isaac Julien appointed Art Fund trustee
Art Fund and eHarmony call on the public to help choose UK’s best museum for a date

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December 2016

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 launched
Art Fund's £1m scheme nurturing the UK's curatorial talent

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August 2016

ARTIST ROOMS On Tour 2017 – A year of twentieth-century giants

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July 2016

£7.4m Heritage Lottery Fund grant and thousands of public donations save iconic Elizabeth I portrait
ARTISTS AND MUSEUM WORLD LUMINARIES GATHER IN LONDON TO CELEBRATE WINNER OF ART FUND MUSEUM OF THE YEAR 2016 ANNOUNCED BY HRH DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE

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June 2016

Appeal to save Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I reaches £2.7 million following rapid public response
First crowdfunding platform dedicated to art raises almost £300,000 for museums
Art Fund celebrates a year of growth in membership, programme and impact

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May 2016

Royal Museums Greenwich and Art Fund appeal for help to save iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

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April 2016

SHORTLIST FOR MUSEUM OF THE YEAR 2016 ANNOUNCED

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March 2016

Art Fund helps leading regional museums collect major artists’ films

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December 2015

2016 Museum of the Year Prize launched
Art Fund announces the next six winners of its New Collecting Awards

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October 2015

Satsuma Recreation of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling Named Art Fund’s Ultimate Edible Masterpiece of 2015

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September 2015

Whitworth and Towner art galleries first to participate in pilot scheme for collecting artists’ film and video

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August 2015

Calling all art-loving bakers: Cook up an Edible Masterpiece and help raise money for UK museums and galleries

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July 2015

£100k increase for second round of New Collecting Awards, the Art Fund’s scheme to nurture the UK’s curatorial talent
The Whitworth in Manchester wins Museum of the Year 2015

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April 2015

Museum of the Year 2015 Shortlist announced

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March 2015

Art Fund helps save the Minton Archive for the nation
The UK’s only crowdfunding platform for the museum sector reaches £100,000 milestone and launches first London project

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January 2015

National Gallery and Art Fund Curatorial Traineeships Programme continue to foster new talent
New Art Fund initiative launched to get the public walking for local museums

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December 2014

2015 Museum of the Year Prize launched
V&A and WWRD finalise agreement to keep Wedgwood Collection at Barlaston
Launch of dynamic exhibitions programme fig-2

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October 2014

Wedgwood Collection saved

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September 2014

ART FROM ELSEWHERE exhibition
Appeal launched to save Wedgwood Collection - £2.74m needed by November

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July 2014

Yorkshire Sculpture Park named Museum of the Year 2014

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June 2014

From going to giving: national crowd-funding initiative heralds new era of creativity in museums
Museum leaders to gather in London for inaugural Museums Summit

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May 2014

VocalEyes audio description for ‘Museum of the Year’ finalists enhances engagement with the arts
The Art Fund launches competition to find the best photograph of Museum of the Year finalists
Frances Quinn reveals her “Edible Masterpiece” as part of Art Fund initiative
National Portrait Gallery and Art Fund 'Save Van Dyck' appeal successful as over £10m raised thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £6.3m

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April 2014

Six finalists announced for £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014

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March 2014

Save Van Dyck appeal receives significant boost as painting offered to National Portrait Gallery for £10 million

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February 2014

Duchess of Cambridge views Van Dyck self-portrait as appeal reaches £3.5 million and deadline extends to July
New initiative shows that when inspired by art, fundraising is a piece of cake

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January 2014

£3.2 million raised so far to save Van Dyck self-portrait

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December 2013

Major developments announced for Prize as search begins for Museum of the Year 2014

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November 2013

National Portrait Gallery and Art Fund launch public appeal to secure Van Dyck's last self-portrait for the nation

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October 2013

Art Fund’s free Frieze Sculpture Guide app highlights striking selection of works at Frieze Sculpture Park 2013

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August 2013

Art Everywhere: 22,000 poster sites across the UK create the world's largest art show

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July 2013

The Art Fund and National Gallery Curatorial Traineeships programme continues to foster new curatorial talent
Lord Browne calls for a New Age of Philanthropy

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June 2013

Art Fund membership tops 100,000 as UK public amongst most generous arts supporters in the world
Public to select artwork from longlist for world's largest art exhibition
Public choose works for world’s biggest exhibition showcasing great British art on poster sites across the UK
William Morris Gallery wins UK’s largest arts prize – £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year

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May 2013

Jeremy Deller’s British Pavilion exhibition ‘English Magic’ to tour national venues in 2014

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February 2013

Art Fund brings Sir Denis Mahon's 57 Italian Baroque masterpieces into the collections of six UK museums and galleries

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January 2013

The Search is on for Museum of the Year 2013: Nominate your favourite museum

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December 2012

Tower Hamlets' ownership of 'Old Flo' is challenged by Bromley
The panel of judges are announced for Museum of the Year 2013

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November 2012

Arts Council Collection and British Council announce acquisition of Grayson Perry's The Vanity of Small Differences

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August 2012

Art Fund backs the Fitzwilliam Museum in bid to save national treasure

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July 2012

UK museums celebrate £5m international contemporary collecting programme with year of major new exhibitions
Robert Mapplethorpe comes to Dunoon

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June 2012

Exeter's 'magical' Royal Albert Memorial Museum crowned Museum of the Year, winning £100,000 Art Fund Prize
Clore Award for Museum Learning presents £10,000 each to Leicestershire County Council Heritage and Arts Service and Whitworth Art Gallery
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art receives gift of work by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham on centenary of artist's birth
Art Fund Prize 2012 reveals the nation's ten 'Unsung Museum Heroes'

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May 2012

Shortlist for the second annual £10,000 Clore Award for Museum Learning announced
Four museums in running to win £100,000 Art Fund Prize for 'museum of the year'
Art Fund Prize 2012 shortlist announced
Shortlist for the second annual £10,000 Clore Award for Museum Learning announced
Five museums win major new objects at leading international craft fair
Art Fund Collect 2012 winners announced
Five museums win major new objects at leading international craft fair
V&A acquires its first Eve Arnold Photograph
Art Fund launches Art Guide app

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April 2012

Permanent new home secured for Yinka Shonibare, MBE's Nelson's Ship in a Bottle as public appeal succeeds
New editor for Art Quarterly
Nine museums in the running for share of £75,000 contemporary craft fund
Design Museum acquires Jasper Morrison's handlebar table for its collection with help from the Art Fund

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March 2012

The Art Fund launches Art Guide app
Robert Mapplethorpe comes to Dunoon
Labours of the Months: Norwich's newly-acquired medieval stained glass reveals the surprisingly modern lives of our medieval ancestors
Art Fund Prize 2012 launches search for the nation's Unsung Museum Heroes

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February 2012

Art Fund supports first permanent UK public sculpture by Rachel Whiteread for the Whitechapel Gallery
Ten museums in the running to win £100,000 as Art Fund Prize 2012 longlist is announced

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January 2012

The Art Fund and Crafts Council celebrate five years of Art Fund Collect
University of Dundee Museum reveals plans for biology-inspired art collection, funded through the Art Fund's RENEW programme

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November 2011

Art Fund Prize judging panel announced for 2012

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October 2011

Art Fund Prize 2012: Applications open for £100,000 award

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