Transforming Collections: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable

  • 14 February 2018

Marking 40 years of Art Fund's partnership with the Wolfson Foundation, we profile four key acquisitions made possible through our joint funding. The final episode looks at an innovative partnership to tour Constable's masterpiece across the UK.


In 2013, one of the great masterpieces of British art, Constable’s sublime Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831), was secured for the nation through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), The Manton Foundation and Tate Members.

The acquisition was part of Aspire, a groundbreaking partnership between five national and regional galleries, which has allowed the painting to be seen by audiences across the UK.

The participating galleries are:

  • Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
  • The National Galleries of Scotland
  • Colchester and Ipswich Museums
  • The Salisbury Museum
  • Tate Britain

In this short film we speak to curators from three of the different venues, who describe the impact of having Constable's masterpiece on show.

'It's a painting that really speaks to a country in the grip of uncertainty and on the brink of momentous change,' says Amy Concannon, Assistant Curator at Tate Britain, 'and I think that's as true today as it probably was back in the 1830s.'

The painting is currently on display at the National Galleries Scotland (until 25 March 2018) and will return to Tate Britain in May 2018.

Transforming Collections looks at key acquisitions made possible with Art Fund support. The other episodes in the series feature:

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