The Art Fund celebrates legendary photographer Diane Arbus

  • 2 July 2009

Legendary New York photographer Diane Arbus will be the focus of a free public talk organised by independent charity The Art Fund to be held at National Museum Cardiff on Thursday 9 July.

In this special Artist in Conversation event, renowned British photographer David Hurn will discuss Arbus’ work, life and legacy. Hurn met Arbus in the 1970s and his talk will offer the audience a first-hand perspective of the photographer. He will speak alongside V&A Curator of Photographs Martin Barnes, who curated the museum’s 2005 exhibition Diane Arbus Revelations.

Diane Arbus (1923 – 1971) is most famous for her portraits of nudists, circus performers, middle class families and 1950s and 1960s America.

The event was set up in conjunction with the Diane Arbus exhibition currently on view at National Museum Cardiff, as part of ARTIST ROOMS on Tour with The Art Fund.

ARTIST ROOMS is a new national collection of post-war and contemporary art created by dealer and collector Anthony d’Offay. The collection – which comprises individual rooms devoted to particular artists – is jointly owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the nation.

With support from The Art Fund, and in Scotland the Scottish government, over 30 ARTIST ROOMS are being shown in venues throughout the UK this year, with more planned for 2010.

Guests are invited to a drinks reception before the event, with the opportunity to enjoy a private view of the exhibition.

Tickets are free but booking is essential. Please contact Katie Lewis at The Art Fund on 020 7225 4861, or email

Date: Thursday 9 July

Time: 6 – 8pm, talk starts at 6.30pm

Venue: National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP


For more information, images or press tickets contact Marina Bradbury,, 020 7225 4888

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

Entry to National Museum Cardiff is free thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Amgueddfa Cymru operates seven national museums across Wales. These are National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.