Christmas cards that won't 'Blur' into the background

  • 19 August 2008

Give art to save art this Christmas with The Art Fund's Christmas catalogue with gifts and cards inspired by works of art that the charity has helped to save. All proceeds go to this vital work.

A copy of The Art Fund's Christmas catalogue is available to download here.

For hi-resolution images of items in the catalogue contact the press office on 020 7225 4888.

Christmas cards that won’t ‘Blur’ into the background

 For high resolution image please call 0207 225 4888

Julian Opie, artist behind Blur’s ‘Best of’ album cover (released 2000), has designed an exclusive Christmas card, ideal for art lovers, cool kids and musos, to help raise vital funds for the UK’s leading independent art charity, The Art Fund. The Art Fund gave the original album cover prints to the National Portrait Gallery in London with a grant for the total cost of £12,000.

The Christmas card, a festive self portrait of Opie in ski goggles, costs £9.95 for a set of 10; all proceeds go to The Art Fund.

Exclusive cards by artist Julie Bell

These beautifully elegant, handmade cards have been designed for The Art Fund and are a stylish, striking and sophisticated way to send your own personal messages this festive season. The intricate debossed details in silver and gold inks are inspired by the elaborate ceiling plasterwork in the northern dining room of Dumfries House, which was saved for the nation, with the help of £2.25m from The Art Fund, towards a total cost of £40m for the House and its contents.
Set of 5, £7.95

Limited edition vase by Sally Tuffnell

Be one of twenty owners of this limited edition vase, inspired by the floral designs of early 19th century Japanese artist Hokusai.

Designed and signed by the artist Sally Tuffnell exclusively for The Art Fund, this ornament was inspired by a Hokusai woodblock print, saved for the Fitzwilliam Museum in 2006 with a grant from The Art Fund of £15k towards a total of £35k.
170mm high, £395

Deal in art with playing cards

Each pack features 52 works of art saved by The Art Fund. The cards are available in pink or white with matching box and double sets come packed in a stylish black box.

57 x 88mm
Single deck, pink or white, £7.50
Double deck, pink and white, £14

Mug up on your artists


Keep yourself warm during these frosty winter months in the company of some of the greatest artists with this colourful mug.

An A to Z of artists whose works have been saved by The Art Fund adorns this exclusively produced mug.
95mm high, £9.95
Buy two mugs for £18.95

...and don’t forget to say thank you

For a touch of elegance that originates from the Palladian designs of Dumfries House look to Julie Bell’s luxury note cards on which to write your ‘thank you’ letters, invites and general correspondence.
10 A6 note cards, presented with envelopes in a navy wallet, with a hand-tied grosgrain ribbon, £15.00

All of the gifts in the catalogue have been inspired by works of art that the charity has helped to save. The full collection is available to view at www.artfund.org/shop (available from 25th August). All proceeds go towards The Art Fund's vital work helping museums and galleries to buy important works of art that enrich our nation's public collections. To order merchandise or Christmas cards please call 0871 271 2121 before 5th December to ensure that it arrives in time for Christmas. Goods should arrive within 14 working days of placing an order.

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 www.artfund.