12 brilliant things you can do right now with your National Art Pass

The Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023

Art Fund turns 120 this month. As we celebrate 12 decades of supporting museums, we’ve picked 12 brilliant things you can do right now (or very soon) with your National Art Pass.

Your National Art Pass is a powerful thing – giving you great benefits at museums and galleries across the UK, while raising money to support them.

Here are 12 inspiring things you can see and do with your pass right now, all recommended by members of the Art Fund team. Even better, your support as an Art Fund member has made quite a few of these possible.

Thanks for showing your love for museums and galleries – we hope you enjoy a wonderful month of art and culture.

Leighton House
Leighton House

Peek into an artist's studio

Do you like seeing what goes on in an artist’s studio? Well, you can get a double helping at Leighton House this autumn, as Lawrence Alma-Tadema's painting In My Studio is now on display at the former home of Frederic, Lord Leighton. The museum was able to acquire the work, which depicts a glimpse of Alma-Tadema’s own studio and collections, earlier this year with the help of a £350,000 grant from Art Fund. See it in the Silk Room, and make sure to have a nose around Leighton’s own studio, too.

The Burrell Collection

Visit the winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023...

If you haven’t yet visited the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, pop it on your must-see list this autumn. Home to over 9,000 objects, recently redisplayed to celebrate the diversity of the collection and draw out different perspectives, the museum occupies a lovely light-filled building in Pollok Country Park. See for yourself why the judges named it the winner of the world’s biggest museum prize.

Set to Stun

Indulge in some classic sci-fi

Science fiction fans will love this exhibition at Gunnersbury Park Museum exploring the work of several west London workshops and design studios, who fed into some of the UK’s most iconic sci-fi films and TV shows. Set to Stun features costumes, prosthetics, props and more for sci-fi classics including Doctor Who, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Red Dwarf – and over 100 people helped make it possible by supporting the museum’s crowdfunding campaign on our Art Happens platform.

The Faith Museum

Check out one of our new partners

We’re always adding new places to our network for you to explore with your pass. As well as Gunnersbury Park Museum, some of the museums we’ve welcomed into our network most recently are the Faith Museum within the Auckland Project (pictured), which explores the different ways faith has shaped lives and communities across Britain; Nantwich Museum, which showcases the history of one of Cheshire’s most historic towns; and the National Emergency Services Museum, housed in a historic police, fire and ambulance station in Sheffield.

Dame Magdalene Odundo, Asymmetric Vessel, 2021.
Dame Magdalene Odundo, Asymmetric Vessel, 2021.

Spot some stunning ceramics

Art Fund members can see their support in action at the Hepworth Wakefield this autumn, with lots of Art Fund-supported works appearing in the beautiful Art of the Potter exhibition, on until January. The exhibition explores the relationship between sculpture and ceramics in the 20th and 21st centuries, and features Magdalene Odundo’s striking Asymmetric Vessel (2021), which we helped the gallery acquire in 2022.

During your visit, look out for another recent acquisition – Hannah Starkey’s photo Kirkgate Towers, one of four works by Starkey joining the collection with support from a Freelands Art Fund Acquisition grant.

IWM Lambeth Road Atrium showing Kamikaze Ohka. Photographed 24th January.
IWM London

Explore a new gallery

You’ll also find a number of Art Fund-supported works in the Imperial War Museum London’s new Art, Film and Photography Galleries, which open on 10 November. The new galleries explore how artists, photographers and filmmakers bear witness to, document and tell the story of war and conflict. Among the Art Funded works on display will be Walter Sickert’s First World War painting Tipperary (1914), which we helped the museum acquire in 2021.

Thomas J Price, Warm Shores, 2022

Take a tour of public sculptures

Last but certainly not least, if you haven’t yet seen Veronica Ryan and Thomas J Price’s emotive sculptures honouring the Windrush generation, in Hackney, make a beeline the next time you’re in London. The works were commissioned with Art Fund support and unveiled in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Ryan’s sculptures of Caribbean fruits sit on Narrow Way in Hackney Central and Price’s lifelike figures stand outside Hackney Town Hall. As public works of art, they’re free to see, but you can make the most of your time in east London with our guide to some of the best museums and galleries in the area where you can use your pass.

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