The Art Fund's museum survey goes live

  • 18 February 2009

A new survey is launched by independent charity The Art Fund today, investigating how UK museums and galleries are faring in the recession.

The survey will take the form of a short online questionnaire, which curators and managerial staff of museums and galleries are invited to complete.

Questions are devised to help identify trends and to engage debate about where the priorities of government and funding bodies should lie.

Active between 18 February and 13 March, the survey takes no more than five minutes to complete. The collective results will be published but individual responses will remain anonymous.

The survey will be repeated every three months and the findings will be published later this year.

If you are a curator or part of the management team in a museum or gallery and have not already been invited to take part, please contact Sally Wrampling on 020 7225 4837 or


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 Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery, London in February 2009 with a grant of £1 million; helping secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection, ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008 with a grant of £1million; 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

The Art Fund is a Registered Charity No. 209174