New TV series reveals 100 Art Fund treasures

  • 7 April 2006

A new TV series is to tell the unique story of The Art Fund, bringing together some of the greatest treasures that have been acquired for UK museums and galleries since the charity was established in 1903.

Artsworld, the arts channel from Sky, has commissioned a 10-part documentary series on The Art Fund, focusing on 100 art treasures saved over the last century.

Saved for the Nation will be produced in new ‘high definition’ format – a revolution in picture quality that will allow viewers to enjoy the array of paintings, sculpture, manuscripts and arts objects with extraordinary vibrancy.

The series will be presented by Deborah Bull, former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, and member of Arts Council England.

Throughout the series a host of influential figures from the world of British art and media will give personal insights into the treasures, acquired in each decade of The Art Fund’s history.

Along with well-known art historian Tim Marlow, contributions will be made by British Museum director Neil MacGregor, artist Dinos Chapman, director of Tate Sir Nicholas Serota, TV presenter Sir David Attenborough and writer and broadcaster Joan Bakewell, amongst others. 

Saved For The Nation will be produced by Cultureshock Media, a new production company focusing on arts and culture programmes.

The Art Fund’s Director David Barrie said, ‘The Art Fund is committed to making great art available for everyone to enjoy and this year is an especially exciting one as we reveal our first contemporary commission to the nation.  The Artsworld programme will tell the story of this unique project as well as bringing together some of the greatest treasures that have been acquired with our help since the charity was established in 1903’.

Saved for the Nation will be aired weekly from 27 May on the Sky channel Artsworld.

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