Posts tagged "Museums and galleries"

Acquisitions round-up: spring 2018

6 March 2018

From a powerful 18th century abolition painting to the most significant collection of Viking-age objects ever discovered in the British Isles, here are the objects we've helped museums and galleries acquire in the last quarter.

Acquisitions round-up: winter 2017

8 December 2017

From a spectacular 18th century painting by Canaletto's nephew to a grand piano commissioned by George IV, here are the objects we've helped museums and galleries acquire in the last three months.

Curator of the Month: Hannah Firth

10 August 2017

From Beamish to the Biennale, curator Hannah Firth tells us about her journey, her inspirations and the collaborative spirit behind Cardiff's arts centre, Chapter.

Curator of the Month: Alice Sage

14 July 2017

The Collections Engagement Officer at Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh talks us through her latest exhibition, working at the dog collar museum, and the challenges facing museums.

V&A acquire the Felix Dennis Oz Archive

13 June 2017

With Art Fund support, the V&A has announced that it has acquired the Felix Dennis Oz Archive, marking 50 years since the first publication of the revolutionary magazine, Oz.

The divine miracle of Wolsey’s lost angels

18 May 2017

Designed for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey and then lost for over three centuries, four rare sculptures have been reunited at the V&A, revealing clues to their history.

Object of the month: The Hizen Vase folio

30 September 2016

When the folder of designs was discovered in the Minton Archives, which was acquired with Art Fund's help, a mystery began: to discover which company they belonged to, and what they were for.

How to choose a winner

31 August 2016

The judges’ decision to award Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 to the Victoria and Albert Museum derived from the convictions of a group, rather than from a strategy, says Stephen Deuchar in his Art Quarterly column.

Our culture, our history and our future

31 August 2016

Art Fund remains steadfast in its commitment to Europe and the wider world and will do all it can to support UK museums and their curators as they seek to develop their collections across the world, writes chairman Chris Smith.

Interview: Museum of the Year 2016

4 August 2016

We caught up with Tim Reeve, the V&A's deputy director and chief operating officer to find out what it’s like to win the prestigious prize, plus get his hot tips for success.

Getting to Know... Arnolfini

29 June 2016

Find out more about the five Museum of the Year finalists with our Q&As. This time Arnolfini talks about transforming no-go zones, cobblestones and celebrating in 'shipshape and Bristol fashion'.

Countdown to Museum of the Year 2016

8 June 2016

We're announcing the winner of this year's prize in exactly four weeks, on Wednesday 6 July. Watch our films about the five finalist museums to find out why our judges picked them for the shortlist.

Tate’s new power house

7 June 2016

The Switch House, the extension to Tate Modern that opens on 17 June, responds magnificently to London’s appetite for international modern and contemporary art, writes Stephen Deuchar.

Getting to Know... Jupiter Artland

1 June 2016

Find out more about the five Museum of the Year finalists with our Q&As. This time Jupiter Artland talks about landscapes green, works unseen and the visit of a queen.

Funding remains perilous for most of the UK’s museums

1 March 2016

The Art Fund cannot give direct help to every museum and gallery under threat, but we will lobby wherever and whenever we can to stop closures and crises – as can its members, says our director, Stephen Deuchar, in his Art Quarterly column.

New Collecting Awards winners: Round two

9 December 2015

We are delighted to announce the six winners of our £400,000 funding programme which aims to nurture and develop some of the UK’s most talented curators.

Q&A: Maria Balshaw, director of the Whitworth

9 December 2015

Five months after winning the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, the director of the Whitworth, Manchester, reflects on a transformative year and shares some tips for prospective applicants.

Rembrandt: The campaign that never was

3 December 2015

In his Art Quarterly column, our director writes about our aborted campaign to save Rembrant's portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet and considers the complexities of the UK's art export control mechanisms.

New Collecting Awards: Shopping and identity

21 October 2015

Earlier this year Hannah Jackson won a New Collecting Award. Here she writes about the progress of her project – to build a collection of French haute couture.

New Collecting Awards: Digital warfare

16 October 2015

Earlier this year Sara Bevan won a New Collecting Award. Here she writes about the progress of her project, to build a collection exploring war and digital for IWM London.

Curator of the month: Andrew Woods, York Museums Trust

3 September 2015

In our new regular feature, we interview a curator about careers, favourite objects and exhibition tips. Andrew Woods tells us how he ended up working with treasure at York Museums Trust – and why it's important to learn from other curators.

In defence of 'free museums'

2 September 2015

In his Art Quarterly column our director, Stephen Deuchar, considers the complexities of the revived debate over museum admission charging.

World of Wedgwood opens to the public

17 July 2015

The redeveloped Wedgwood headquarters are unveiled today, including a redisplay of the collection which was saved by an Art Fund campaign last year.

Competition: Win lunch at the Whitworth

7 July 2015

Last week the Whitworth, part of the University of Manchester, won the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year. To celebrate, we're giving away lunch for two at the gallery's café.

Oxford Dodo set to tour the country

5 June 2015

To celebrate their Museum of the Year nomination, Oxford University Museum of Natural History is sending its iconic dodo from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Countdown to Museum of the Year 2015

1 June 2015

We're announcing the winner of this year's Prize on 1 July. Watch our films about the finalist museums to find out why our judges picked them for the shortlist.

New Collecting Awards winners

14 April 2015

We're thrilled to announce the first five winners of our landmark £300,000 funding programme, which aims to nurture talented and dedicated curators.

Heath Robinson cartoons saved for the nation

6 March 2015

A large collection of works by the illustrator William Heath Robinson has been acquired by the William Heath Robinson Trust thanks to support from an Art Fund grant.

Curatorial trainees: January update

16 January 2015

Our Art Fund curatorial trainees, Eloise and Helen, share updates about their work – including some exciting overseas research opportunities.

Surrealist cabinet of curiosities bought for Manchester

2 December 2014

The Bureau of the Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacy, a fictional office filled with Surrealist objects by American artist Mark Dion, has been bought by Manchester Museum with Art Fund support.

Gillian Wearing video work bought for Walsall

21 October 2014

We Are Here, a 2014 video work by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing, has been bought for the New Art Gallery Walsall with support from an Art Fund grant.

Evocative Langley watercolour returned to Newlyn

20 October 2014

Time Moveth Not, Our Being 'Tis That Moves, an 1882 painting by the Newlyn School artist Walter Langley, has been acquired by Penlee House Gallery & Museum with Art Fund support.

Wedgwood Collection saved

3 October 2014

We're thrilled to announce that our appeal has been a great success – two months ahead of our 30 November target.

Help save the Wedgwood Collection

1 September 2014

The Art Fund has launched an appeal to save the Wedgwood Collection – a unique record of over 250 years of British art and history – from being separated and sold off.

Getting to know... Yorkshire Sculpture Park

25 June 2014

Find out more about the six Museum of the Year finalists with our weekly Q&As. In the final instalment, YSP talks famous friends – from Henry Moore to Dizzee Rascal, and Billy, the park's former pet pheasant.

Museum of the Year 2014: The countdown begins now

23 June 2014

On 9 July we'll be announcing the winner of the 2014 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year. In the meantime, watch our films about the finalists to discover why they made it to the shortlist.

Getting to know... Tate Britain

18 June 2014

Find out more about the six Museum of the Year finalists with our weekly Q&As. This time, Tate Britain talks renovation, transformation and being home to art of the nation.

Q&A: Phyllida Barlow

10 June 2014

The artist talks to Art Quarterly magazine about her different approach to sculpture and drawing – and her busy exhibition schedule.

Getting to know... the Mary Rose Museum

3 June 2014

Find out more about the six Museum of the Year finalists with our weekly Q&As. This time, the Mary Rose Museum talks Tudors, toyboys and Timmy Mallett.

Recognising achievements

3 June 2014

In his Art Quarterly column, our Director, Stephen Deuchar, praises Cornelia Parker, the Museum of the Year shortlist and the response of art lovers to the Van Dyck appeal.

Getting to know... the Hayward Gallery

28 May 2014

Find out more about the six Museum of the Year finalists with our weekly Q&As. This time, the Hayward Gallery talks balloons, bees and Kanye West.

Museum of the Year 2014 finalists announced

24 April 2014

The Art Fund has announced the six museums in the running for this year's £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, from venerable national galleries to innovative local museums.

The Goya and Gainsborough connection: Part three

20 February 2014

In his final blog, Dr Xavier Bray from Dulwich Picture Gallery discovers a new avenue of research in his Goya/Gainsborough portrait project, which explores parallels between the artists.

Save Van Dyck: £3.2m raised so far

31 January 2014

The Art Fund and the National Portrait Gallery are pleased to announce that the fundraising campaign for Van Dyck's final self-portrait has so far raised £3.2m.

ArtFunded work inspires new Guildhall collection

30 January 2014

Mark Titchner's sculpture Plenty and Progress, bought by Guildhall Art Gallery with Art Fund support, has inspired a new contemporary art collection tackling issues raised by London's financial sector.

Regional arts funding: Building a national collection

24 January 2014

The Art Fund's Director, Stephen Deuchar, responds to media reports about the dearth of regional arts funding, and explains how the UK's best-known museums are lending a hand to smaller venues.

Wim Pijbes: Museum of the Year judge

22 January 2014

The General Director of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is one of our Museum of the Year judges. He tells us how he fell in love with museums, and explains why they should be accessible to all.

Lacock Cup: Curator's blog

24 December 2013

The British Museum and Wiltshire Museum have jointly acquired the Lacock Cup, a silver 15th-century chalice, with help from the Art Fund. Curator Naomi Speakman writes about its unusual and varied history.

Wim Pijbes on Museum of the Year

18 December 2013

In our exclusive video, the General Director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam talks about Museum of the Year and the excellence of British museums.

Art news – weekly round-up

13 December 2013

Stolen Hirsts, an Iron Age urn, and Austen's £10 portrait sells for £164,500 – we round up the top art stories of the week.

David Verey on export stops

9 December 2013

In the wake of our Van Dyck campaign launch, the Art Fund's chairman celebrates previous successful export stops – from a Manet masterpiece to Jane Austen's ring.

Museum gifts for kids

5 December 2013

From a Lego Guggenheim to a palaeontologist-approved cuddly dinosaur, we've chosen our favourite five presents for children who love museums.

Letter from the Editor: Painting now

2 December 2013

Art Quarterly's Editor introduces the Winter 2013 issue of the magazine, and explores the history and purpose of painting, from Van Dyck to Dana Schutz.

The Goya and Gainsborough connection: Part two

28 October 2013

Dr Xavier Bray reports back from his Goya/Gainsborough project, in which he uncovers parallels between the two artists; in his second blog, he investigates mezzotints of Gainsborough's work.

Goya and Gainsborough: The portrait connection

14 August 2013

Dr Xavier Bray, Chief Curator of Dulwich Picture Gallery, introduces his research project about Goya and Gainsborough, which is supported by an Art Fund Curatorial Grant.

Lord Browne: A new age of philanthropy?

15 July 2013

Lord Browne of Madingley spoke at the Royal Society of Arts this evening arguing we need to adopt a new model of funding which strikes a balance between state funding and private philanthropy.

In conversation: Stephen Deuchar and Tim Knox

1 July 2013

Stephen Deuchar speaks to Tim Knox, director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to find out how he got to run this great university museum and the challenges he’s met along the way.

Art Fund tops 100,000 members

25 June 2013

We're delighted to announce that we now have over 100,000 members, making the Art Fund one of the largest national arts membership charities.

Sensational Seizure opens at YSP

13 June 2013

Roger Hiorns’ crystalline council flat has found a new home in the heart of Yorkshire thanks to the Art Fund's support.

Museum of the Year judges tour The Beaney

17 May 2013

The judging panel for the £100,000 prize visited Canterbury to see the House of Art and Knowledge, which reopened last year following a £14 million restoration.

Judges head to Hepworth Wakefield

25 April 2013

The Museum of the Year judges get back on the road to experience the gallery's contemporary art programme and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.

EBacc scrapped in favour of reformed GCSEs

7 February 2013

Earlier today Michael Gove issued a statement announcing the abandonment of his plans to replace GCSEs with the EBacc (English Baccalaureate certificate), admitting it was a ‘bridge too far’.

Art Fund curatorial trainees: January update

30 January 2013

It's the final countdown as our two curatorial trainees Henrietta Ward and Philippa Stephenson work towards their summer exhibitions in Newcastle and Manchester.

Ownership of Moore's Old Flo challenged by Bromley

19 December 2012

Following discussions with the Art Fund, the London Borough of Bromley has written to Tower Hamlets Council to assert ownership of Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman following significant new evidence.

Museum of the Year 2013 judges announced

18 December 2012

An experienced and passionate panel of judges will decide the ten finalists and crown the winner of the £100,000 prize for Museum of the Year.

Video: Hug for Henry Moore

12 December 2012

Artist Bob and Roberta Smith leads a group hug at Leeds Art Gallery in support of the Save Old Flo campaign.

Understanding what motivates the museum goer to give

11 October 2012

The Art Fund is working with the National Museum Directors' Council (NMDC) and research consultants Britain Thinks to understand why so few museum goers donate when visiting museums – and discover what will motivate them to give in future.

Reynolds portrait bought for Birmingham

5 October 2012

The Art Fund has helped Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery buy a Joshua Reynolds portrait of Dr John Ash, co-founder of the city's General Hospital.

Marilyn Monroe portrait bought for Boty show

3 September 2012

The Art Fund has helped Wolverhampton Art Gallery buy a portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Pauline Boty ahead of a major exhibition of the British Pop artist's work.

Blog: Art Fund International

13 August 2012

In the third installment of his blog, curator Ben Harman talks Loch Ness and the latest exhibition at GoMA...

Manet's Mademoiselle escapes export

6 August 2012

Edouard Manet's charming painting, Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, has been bought by the Ashmolean Museum following an eight month campaign and a large grant from the Art Fund.

Three months as a curatorial trainee

24 January 2012

Henrietta Ward and Philippa Stephenson began their ArtFunded traineeships with the National Gallery in October 2011 and here give us an update on how its gone so far.

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