The Art Fund given £1.5 million donation

  • 13 June 2008

The Wolfson Foundation has more than doubled its annual grant to The Art Fund, the UK's leading independent art charity. The Wolfson Foundation will give The Art Fund £500,000 each year for the next three years. The funds will support the charity's work in securing works of art for the UK's museums and galleries.

The Wolfson Foundation has supported The Art Fund with great generosity for more than 30 years, with grants totalling more than £2.2m over that period. With the Wolfson Foundation's help The Art Fund has saved many great works of art such as Bernardo Bellotto’s A View of Verona in 1981 for the National Trust’s property Powis Castle, El Greco’s Fabula in 1988 for the National Galleries of Scotland and Edward Lear’s Kinchinjunga from Darjeeling in 2006 for the National Museum of Cardiff.

David Barrie, Director of The Art Fund, said: “We are enormously grateful to the Wolfson Foundation which is far and away the most generous regular supporter of The Art Fund. The whole museum community is deeply indebted to the Foundation for its sustained help over the last 31 years.”

Paul Ramsbottom, Executive Secretary of the Wolfson Foundation, said: "The Wolfson Foundation has worked closely with The Art Fund for three decades, and I am very pleased that we are able to continue our funding partnership over the next three years. The rising cost of artwork alongside continued pressures on budgets of museums and galleries means that, without The Art Fund’s support, many institutions would simply not be able to add to their collections."

The Art Fund offers grants to help UK museums and galleries enrich their collections, helping to secure over 860,000 works of art since 1903, and campaigns widely on behalf of museums and their visitors. An independent, membership-based charity, it receives no funding from the government or the Lottery, is entirely funded from public donations and has 80,000 members.


Notes to editors:
1. The Art Fund is the UK’s leading independent art charity. It offers grants to help UK museums and galleries enrich their collections; campaigns on behalf of museums and their visitors; and promotes the enjoyment of art.
2. It is entirely funded from public donations and has 80,000 members. Since 1903 the charity has helped museums and galleries all over the UK secure 860,000 works of art for their collections.
3. Recent achievements include: helping secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection, ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008 with a grant of £1million; putting together a unique funding package to ensure Dumfries House in Ayrshire and its contents were secured intact for the nation in July 2007; and running the ‘Buy a Brushstroke’ public appeal which raised over £550,000 to keep Turner’s Blue Rigi watercolour in the UK.
4. For more information contact the Press Office on 020 7225 4888 or visit
5. The Wolfson Foundation is a charitable foundation set up in 1955 that awards grants to back excellence. Grants are made to registered charities in the UK (or organizations with charitable status). The Foundation supports projects across the fields of science and technology, medical research and health, education and the arts, currently allocating some £35 million per annum. For more information, please visit