Don’t let the doors close on imagination. Help us raise £1 million for the places you love.
Donations will be matched pound for pound, thanks to a generous supporter. This means your donation will go twice as far.
Museums are places of possibility.
They give us space to think, create, relax and relate. They enrich our lives and bring us together.
But the Covid-19 crisis has been a catastrophe for museums. They need urgent financial aid: to care for their collections, support their staff and keep connecting with people everywhere.
For these vital places across the UK, it’s make or break.
This year we’ve seen how determined museums are to rethink how they work, make their venues Covid-secure and take exciting projects out into their communities, despite enormous challenges.
They can only do this with continued support. Now is our opportunity to help them survive – and shape a brighter future.
Visitors to the Garden Museum after it reopened following national lockdown, © Janie Airey/Art Fund 2020
Museums’ funding models have been shattered by Covid-19.
Many museums are charities, receive no public funding, or rely on volunteers. For those that have been able to reopen between lockdowns, social distancing measures have severely limited income – visitor figures in October were just a quarter of what they were in October 2019.
Among museums we surveyed, 92% said they need to ‘adapt and innovate’ to survive.
The good news is that our funding helps them do exactly this.
How you can help
Over the last six months Art Fund’s emergency funding has enabled organisations like the Roald Dahl Museum to take their amazing collection to students who can’t visit; Aerospace Bristol to create a digital storytelling experience; Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art to commission emerging artists; the Postal Museum to make their interactive exhibits safe; and much more exciting activity.
But the demand for help is huge. We have only been able to support 17% of the museums who applied to our emergency funding before it was exhausted.
Now we are asking everyone to come together for museums during the biggest challenge of our lifetime. £1 million will empower so many more to respond to this crisis with creativity and reimagine a better future.
Making a difference across the UK
Every donation, of any size, will go directly towards vital museum projects all around the country.
Explore the updates to discover how this funding is already making an impact near you: facilitating everything from pop-up museums and outdoor exhibitions to learning resources for home-schooling.