Donating a work of art

You can enrich a museum collection directly by donating a work of art from your own collection. The Art Fund can help you to find the right home for your work, and safeguard it in the future.

A meeting of brides of Christ on their wedding day to their Lord at the nunnery in Godalming, Surrey, 1965 by Eve Arnold was bequeathed to the V&A via the Art Fund by the late curator Robin Gibson Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos

A meeting of brides of Christ on their wedding day to their Lord at the nunnery in Godalming, Surrey, 1965 by Eve Arnold was bequeathed to the V&A via the Art Fund by the late curator Robin Gibson

One of the most immediate ways that you can benefit a public collection is by making an outright donation of a work of art, either during your lifetime or as a specific gift in your Will. If you have a work of museum-quality which you would like to donate, the Art Fund can help you identity the most appropriate home for the work, and handle the negotiations on your behalf. By acting as a conduit, we will also safeguard your gift in perpetuity through our terms and conditions, which ensure that your gift remains well cared for and accessible to public, and that your contribution is acknowledged.

To find out more about donating an artwork to a museum, including tax-efficient ways to give, either download our free Guide to giving art or contact us, in confidence:

Sophie Brooke-Smith
Development Manager, Gifts and Bequests
020 7225 4866
sbrooke-smith@artfund.org