International Appeal

At Art Fund we invest in the future of the UK's museums and galleries. Public art collections play a key role in how we understand the world around us and each other; and they provide a space for us to engage with the stories that have shaped our own and wider communities.

Those stories are international: our world is more connected than ever, our population is incredibly diverse, and our public collections traverse borders in many ways. Museums cannot reflect and illuminate our culture properly without engaging with the rest of the world.

Support us today and help museums and galleries connect to a wider world.

Sharing expertise

We will support the sharing of expertise through curatorial exchanges, bursaries, research and travel grants, international symposia and publications.

‘Art Fund support allowed me to spend invaluable time with colleagues from national and international institutions and share ideas and problems affecting each of our museums. This was hugely beneficial while I planned for our upcoming exhibition on the Italian painter Guido Reni.’ Bernadette Petti, project curator, The Bowes Museum, County Durham

Bernadette attended a symposium for curators hosted by Art Fund at Frieze Masters art fair in London in 2018. Speakers included Paola D'Agostino, director of the Bargello Museum, Florence and Dr. Gabriele Finaldi, director of the National Gallery, London.

Follower of Guido Reni (1575-1642), Death of Lucretia, c1630s-40s, The Bowes Museum

Sharing collections

We will support the sharing of collections through funds for loans and touring exhibitions.

'Art Fund support enabled us to meet artists and curators face-to-face in China, see production processes and co-curate a groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary ceramics and glass to tour to regional museums.’ Kate Newnham, senior curator, visual arts, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery holds the largest collection of contemporary chinese ceramics and glass in the UK. Many of its recent acquistions developed from Kate's visit to China with our support, meeting artists and seeing the work first-hand.

Wan Liya, Birds Twitter and Fragrance of Flowers. 22 pieces as a set. 11 contemporary ceramics and glass from ‘Ahead of the Curve’ exhibition, 2010-14, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, acquired 2016 with Art Fund support

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Supporting international ambition

International partnerships support the development of curatorial expertise and subject specialism, they raise the profile of our collections globally and they bring objects and their stories to ever greater audiences.

At a time when the global landscape is changing, it has never been more important for our museums and galleries to explore new ways to reflect and illuminate our diverse culture and our place in the world.

By providing funding for research, collaboration and the sharing of art and collections internationally, we want to empower more UK museums and galleries to look beyond their local and national borders and realise their ambitions to participate on a global scale.

Increasing our impact through an international fund

Through our programme we already contribute to the international aspirations of our museum partners.

Now we want to do more by making a further £300,000 available as an international fund to support the sharing of expertise and the sharing of collections.

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