New Marketing Director for The Art Fund

  • 30 April 2009

The Art Fund, the UK's leading independent art charity, is delighted to announce the appointment of Carolyn Young as Director of Marketing and Membership.

Carolyn joins The Art Fund from The British Museum, where she has been Head of Membership for the past four years. She has previously served as Direct Marketing Manager at Samaritans and the National Trust.

She holds an IDM diploma in Direct Marketing from Kings College, London, and is a member of the Institute of Direct Marketing. She is a trustee of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust.

The Art Fund has 80,000 members. It helps museums and galleries buy works of art for their collections, and campaigns on their behalf. The charity’s work is entirely funded by membership subscriptions, donations and legacies.

Members of The Art Fund are entitled to free entry to 200 fee-charging museums, galleries and historic properties in the UK and half price entry to major exhibitions across the UK, including at Tate galleries, V&A and the British Museum.

Carolyn Young said:

"I’m delighted to be joining The Art Fund and helping to build on the success it has enjoyed through re-developing its brand and building its membership scheme. Having worked previously at the National Trust and the British Museum, I know what an important role The Art Fund plays in providing vital support in building collections and saving important objects and artworks for future generations to enjoy."

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Notes to editors:

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.

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.

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.

For more information contact the Press Office on 020 7225 4888 or visit

The Art Fund is a Registered Charity No. 209174