Trusts and foundations

Support from trusts and foundations is crucial to the Art Fund's ability to help museums and galleries across the country. They make a tremendous difference to what we can achieve.

The Nimrud Ivories, acquired for the British Museum in 2011 with the assistance of the Wolfson Foundation © British Museum

The Nimrud Ivories, acquired for the British Museum in 2011 with the assistance of the Wolfson Foundation

Here are some examples of how trusts and foundations have helped us shape what we do:

In a long-standing partnership with the Art Fund that spans four decades, The Wolfson Foundation has granted over £5m in support of 135 Art Funded acquisitions to over 50 organisations across the UK. Works of art supported range from paintings and works on paper to sculpture and archaeological finds. View a gallery of the top 20 highlights supported by The Wolfson Foundation.

  • Support from trusts and foundations enables us to launch new programmes designed to address urgent or longer term needs facing the sector. For example, in 2011 the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation awarded the Art Fund £600,000 to develop Renew, a new funding opportunity for museums seeking to build capsule collections in particular areas. 

  • We rely on the support of trusts and foundations such as the Garfield Weston Foundation and the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust when we run special appeals to save works of art at risk.

  • Unrestricted donations from the 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust and the Kirby Laing Foundation make it possible for us to respond quickly when museums and galleries want to acquire an important work of art.

Supporting the Art Fund offers lots of opportunities for trusts and foundations to help museums and galleries build their collections and ensure great art is available to all. For more information on how to get involved please contact Cat Monks, senior manager major gifts (grants) on 020 7225 4846 or cmonks@artfund.org.