Posts tagged "Museums and galleries"

Exploring art beyond the city

17 January 2018

Why not beat the winter blues by taking a weekend getaway to see some art? Hop on a train or jump in the car and explore what the UK has to offer beyond the big city.

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.

Five places to check out with a Student Art Pass

13 November 2017

If you’re the proud new holder of a Student Art Pass, you’ll be plotting what to do with it – so we’ve chosen five great spots near some of the UK’s most exciting university cities to visit.

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.

Five autumn blockbusters

30 August 2016

This autumn, London sees a roll call of European maestros like Caravaggio, Rodin and Picasso against the radicals of American Expressionism.

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.

Five things to do in Greenwich

20 July 2016

Off to see the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I? Here are some more local cultural attractions to see when you're done.

Six amazing facts about Elizabeth I

18 July 2016

How much do you know about arguably the most famous English monarch? Here, we look at five incredible bits of trivia about the Virgin Queen.

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.

Ten things to do this bank holiday

17 May 2016

Three days off, ten great ideas to fill them. From ominous gargoyles to Russian philosophers; take some inspiration for the long weekend ahead.

Getting to know… York Art Gallery

5 May 2016

Find out more about the five Museum of the Year finalists with our Q&As. This time, York Art Gallery talks carousel horses, ceramic creatures and celebratory cake.

Interview: Simon Starling

21 March 2016

As his biggest exhibition in the UK to date opens at Nottingham Contemporary, we spoke to the Turner Prize-winning artist about industry, technology and alchemy.

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.

Five quirky museum experiences

6 January 2016

Start the new year with some new adventures. If one of your resolutions is to see something different, try one of these brilliantly unusual outings.

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.

Five museum stocking fillers

9 December 2015

As Christmas-shopping fever hits, we pick some of the best museum-gift ideas – so all you need to do is sit back and relax.

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.

What to see: Exhibitions 2016

8 December 2015

From Italian old masters to the creators of comic culture, internet-based installations to Shakespeare-inspired scenes; these are the exhibitions to get excited about in 2016.

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.

Five moving image artists to see

1 December 2015

From the human psyche to modern warfare, here are some incredible contemporary artists who are using time-based media to make sense of the world around us.

Five Monet masterpieces

11 November 2015

Ahead of the 175th anniversary of Monet’s birth, we pick five of his great works that are currently on display in the UK.

Five ceramic collections

9 November 2015

From Continental connoisseurs Sèvres and Meissen to the home-grown talents of Wedgwood – marvel at the mastery of ceramic practice with a visit to these five UK collections.

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.

Ten arty date ideas

5 October 2015

Make a date with art this autumn: our pick of top days out for you and your plus one.

Six creative collaborations

5 October 2015

Throughout history many artists have combined creativity with romance, finding inspiration and influence in each other's work – here are a few of our top partnerships.

Five Glaswegian museums

1 October 2015

As the Turner Prize exhibition opens in Glasgow, we suggest some top galleries to visit while you’re in the city.

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.

Six sculpture parks

21 August 2015

Make the most of the last days of summer by enjoying art in the great outdoors.

Top ten coastal galleries and museums

22 July 2015

We Brits do like to be beside the seaside. However, the UK coast isn't just about beach cricket, soggy sandwiches and sandcastle competitions; see some great art too.

Five castles by the sea

21 July 2015

Feel like the king or queen of the castle on your next trip to the seaside – if only for one day.

Ten highlights to see at the Wedgwood Museum

17 July 2015

To celebrate the reopening of the site in Barlaston, we pick out 10 of our favourite pieces from the historic collection, which was saved by an Art Fund campaign last year.

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.

Six to see: Constable locations

17 June 2015

To celebrate Christchurch Mansion's John Constable exhibition, we've selected the best locations to visit and follow in the artist's footsteps.

Museum lates July - August

15 June 2015

Meet the super sleuths of the artworld, sample some French fancies and make a date with Audrey – our pick of the most exciting after-hours events this season.

Five poets’ homes

10 June 2015

This weekend sees the 150th anniversary of W.B. Yeats’ birth; visit the homes of five influential British bards to get your own rhyming couplets flowing.

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.

Ten Victorian houses

12 May 2015

Victorian grand houses were often characterised by impressive Gothic Revival architecture, lavish Arts and Crafts interiors and superbly manicured grounds; discover ten of the best this summer.

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.

Museum lates in May

13 April 2015

You are spoilt for choice in May, as venues across the country open after-hours for Museums at Night weekend.

Easter days out

30 March 2015

It's a four-day weekend – hurrah! Make the most of your time off with our guide to cultural Easter treats.

Our first Art Miles

27 March 2015

On Sunday 22 March, our first fundraising walks took place at three brilliant London musueums – take a look at our photos from the day.

Ten grand London houses

18 March 2015

As the country's great mansions get set to open for the summer season, we find ten of our favourite historic houses in London.

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.

Five must-see ancient sculptures

4 March 2015

Britain is home to some spectacular ancient sculptures, from Roman bronzes that inspired Hollywood films to ancient Greek statues. We've chosen five of our favourite works to see across the UK.

Getting to know... Chiswick House

26 February 2015

Chiswick House and Gardens, birthplace of the English Landscape movement, is throwing open its gates to visitors as part of our Art Miles initiative in march. We talk to the west London estate about wandering elephants, Arcadian villas and camellias in bloom.

Getting to know... Osterley Park and House

6 February 2015

Osterley Park, one of the largest open spaces in London, is inviting visitors to explore its vast estate as part of our Art Miles initiative in March. We talk to the country house about sport, scones and visits from Michael Caine.

Seven stupendous Impressionism collections

30 January 2015

Whether you're in Glasgow or Birmingham, you're never far from one of Britain's world-famous collections of Impressionist art. From Monets in London to Sargents in Manchester, these are seven of the greatest Impressionism collections in the UK.

Getting to know... Dulwich Picture Gallery

29 January 2015

This March, Dulwich Picture Gallery is throwing open the doors to its stunning grounds and gardens for our Art Miles fundraising initiative. We speak to the south London gallery about conspiring artists, confused ducks and buried founders.

Five Second World War museums

21 January 2015

To mark the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, we've rounded up Britain's best museums exploring the Second World War, from artillery in Hampshire to Spitfires in London.

Spectacular Do Ho Suh sculpture installed in Bristol

16 January 2015

New York City Apartment/Corridor/Bristol by Do Ho Suh, an installation commissioned by Bristol Museum and Art Gallery through Art Fund International, will go on display at the museum this spring.

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.

Spring museum lates

13 January 2015

From Georgian inspired gin-tasting to a sleepover with Sherlock – read our pick of the most exciting after-hours events coming up at museums and galleries this season.

Five National Gallery highlights

7 January 2015

To celebrate the release of Frederick Wiseman's celebrated documentary, we've rounded up five of the greatest works in the National Gallery collection, from Renaissance masterpieces to Turner seascapes.

Six calorie-burning museum visits

7 January 2015

Whether you overindulged on Christmas pudding or you've made fitness a new year's resolution, exercise in style with our round-up of Britain's biggest museum calorie burners – from labyrinthine buildings to open-air galleries.

Five Christmassy museums

18 December 2014

From Christmas markets in County Durham to Dickensian stories in London, we round up five of the most festive museums and galleries to visit this winter.

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.

Seven tragic Pre-Raphaelite stories

23 October 2014

More drama than an EastEnders Omnibus – we explore the stories behind seven of the most famous women in Victorian art, from Shakespearean suicides to Arthurian curses.

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.

Five must-see fashion shows

16 September 2014

From purple wedding dresses to the fashion of feathers, explore the cutting edge of couture at these eye-opening exhibitions.

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.

Museum lates in September

27 August 2014

Kate Mosse talks taxidermy, murder at the museum and a sonic art takeover – our pick of the most exciting after-hours events taking place at museums and galleries in September.

Art Staycations: London

25 August 2014

The National Art Pass is your passport to great art all over the UK – here's what's on offer in London.

Bank holiday trips

21 August 2014

Looking for something to do with the family this bank holiday? We've chosen our favourite places to visit over the long weekend, from Henry VIII's battleship to a Victorian town.

Art staycations: Norfolk

18 August 2014

The National Art Pass is your passport to great art all over the UK – here's what's on offer in Norfolk.

Art staycations: Lake District

11 August 2014

The National Art Pass is your passport to great art all over the UK – here's what's on offer in the Lake District.

Art staycations: Cornwall

4 August 2014

The National Art Pass is your passport to great art all over the UK – here's what's on offer in Cornwall.

Art staycations: Edinburgh

28 July 2014

The National Art Pass is your passport to great art all over the UK – first up, we look at what's on offer in and around Edinburgh.

Glasgow: Things to see

24 July 2014

With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, we pick five amazing museums and galleries to see in and around Glasgow.

Disobedient Objects at the V&A: Five must-sees

24 July 2014

Gorilla masks belonging to feminist avengers, banners designed by Jeremy Deller's right-hand man and inflatable silver cobblestones used to outfox the police – five of our favourite badly behaved objects at the V&A.

Art Everywhere: Top 10 works

16 July 2014

Today we revealed the 25 artworks that will be appear on poster sites around the UK; we take a closer look at the top 10, from David Hockney's sensitive portrait of his parents to an explosion of colour from John Hoyland.

Five summer paintings

9 July 2014

Monaco-upon-Avon, unexpected rain, and a pair of Pollocks – discover five paintings on display across the UK that capture the atmosphere of summer.

Digital Revolution in five objects

3 July 2014

From the first £100 computer to a 100-million-user community – we tell the story of the digital revolution in five key objects.

Five incredible places to see contemporary art in Scotland

26 June 2014

All eyes are on contemporary art this summer as the GENERATION exhibition programme gets underway at museums and galleries across Scotland. To celebrate, here are some of the top destinations to see cutting-edge creativity.

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.

Five coastal museums

25 June 2014

Heading to the coast to enjoy the summer sun? Plug in your sat-nav and make a beeline towards one of our favourite seaside museums, from Tayside to Pembrokeshire.

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.

Five must-see Matisses

19 June 2014

Looking for more Matisse after seeing The Cut-Outs at Tate? Or longing for something closer to home? We've rounded up five unmissable Matisses around the UK.

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.

Comics Unmasked: Five must-see comics

16 June 2014

Biting satire, law suits and radical lesbians – we choose five unmissable strips from the British Library's landmark exhibition of British comics.

Five folk art collections

12 June 2014

To celebrate the opening of British Folk Art at Tate Britain, we choose the best folk art collections to see in the UK, from quilts to weathervanes.

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.

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 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.

Object of the week: Composition B (#2) with Red

2 June 2014

To celebrate the opening of two major Mondrian exhibitions, we look at one of the Dutch master's most minimal compositions and explore the optical effects and spiritual movements that inspired it.

Aiken swagger portrait stars in new Aberdeen exhibition

29 May 2014

John Macdonald Aiken's extravagant Portrait of the Artist and his Wife will feature in Aberdeen Art Gallery's new exhibition The Lady and the Vamp, after being bought by the gallery with help from the Art Fund.

Five country castles

28 May 2014

Whether you want to see Walter Raleigh's family artefacts, the sacred banner of a Scottish clan or a wild boar at feeding time, we pick out five of the most fascinating country castles in the UK.

Six unmissable light artists

28 May 2014

From ever-changing pixel boxes to installations in listed buildings, we've rounded up six must-see pieces of light art around the UK – all bought with Art Fund support.

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.

Five must-see mummies

22 May 2014

From the mistress of a great house to a perfectly preserved cat, we choose five must-see mummies in collections across the UK.

Six museums for summer

20 May 2014

Heading off on your holidays? Whether you want to marvel at Michelangelo in Rome or modern art in Rio, we pick out six must-see museums from around the world.

Five unmissable small museums

16 May 2014

Good things can come in small packages – we choose our five of our favourite diminutive museums and galleries across the UK.

Museum lates in May

12 May 2014

You are spoilt for choice this month, as venues across the country open after-hours for Museums at Night weekend.

Five archaeology exhibitions

8 May 2014

Whether it's mummies in Oxford or gold in Glasgow, see the artefacts that tell the story of mankind, from the recent past to over a million years ago.

Ruin lust: The allure of the wrecked

7 May 2014

With Ruin Lust currently showing at Tate Britain, writer Lewis Dartnell breaks down the appeal of ruins – from Tintern Abbey to the Ruins of Detroit.

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.

Barns-Graham painting given to Edinburgh

17 April 2014

Untitled – Firth of Forth, a major abstract work by Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, has been given to Edinburgh's City Art Centre through the Art Fund.

Deller's Venice pavilion comes to Bristol

14 April 2014

English Magic, an exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, has been brought to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery with help from the Art Fund.

Five spring fashion exhibitions

2 April 2014

From legends of French haute couture to the founders of Savile Row, we choose the best fashion exhibitions to see in the UK this spring.

Incredible Places for Mother's Day

27 March 2014

Afternoon tea at a 19th-century French chateau, a walk in Brontë Country or a game of tennis on the oldest royal court still in use – spoil your mum this Sunday with an incredible day out.

Five must-see Italian exhibitions

19 March 2014

From architecture in 14th-century painting to the leading lights of 21st-century fashion, see the best of Italian art and design on display around the UK.

Incredible Places: The results

11 March 2014

We're pleased to announce the winner of our competition, which asked art lovers to share their Incredible Places.

Q&A: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows in Cardiff

10 March 2014

We talk to Anne Pritchard, Curator of Historic Art at National Museum Wales, about the significance of Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable, which is now on display as part of a UK-wide tour, partly supported by the Art Fund.

Video: Bettany Hughes on Vikings

6 March 2014

The historian and broadcaster heads to the British Museum to take a look at the new exhibition, Vikings: Life and Legend.

Art Guide 2.0: Download now

6 March 2014

Our free app is the ultimate guide to enjoying art around the UK – and now it has a fresh new look.

Five beautiful ruins

4 March 2014

To celebrate the opening of Ruin Lust at Tate Britain, we've picked our favourite ruined buildings across the UK, from derelict abbeys to Tudor palaces converted to Art Deco homes.

Museum lates in March

27 February 2014

From silent discos to steel drum orchestras, we bring you some of the most exciting after-hours events taking place at museums and galleries this March.

Five food-filled masterpieces

20 February 2014

From vegetative portraits to kebabs in sculptures, take a brief tour through the history of food in art with these five mouthwatering masterpieces.

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.

Five British Pop artists

13 February 2014

To celebrate the opening of Tate Modern's Richard Hamilton retrospective, we've profiled the five most important figures in the British Pop art movement, from elder statesmen to artists who died before their time.

Five must-see Hockneys

5 February 2014

To celebrate the opening of Hockney: Printmaker at Dulwich Picture Gallery, we've chosen five of our favourite Hockneys to see across the UK, from American landscapes to provocative Pop art.

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.

Five uplifting days out ideas

20 January 2014

Feeling down this January? Lift your spirits with these five upbeat UK excursions, from elephants in Glasgow to an anxious king's seaside retreat.

Five collage artists

15 January 2014

Five pioneers of cut and paste, including Hannah Höch, Pablo Picasso and Peter Blake.

ArtFunded Hepworth works headed for London

8 January 2014

Key works from the Hepworth Wakefield collection, including several given to the gallery through the Art Fund, will be travelling south for an exhibition at the London Art Fair.

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.

Six winter days out

16 December 2013

House full of bored kids? Eaten too much turkey? Sick of Christmas television? Here are six of our favourite days out, sure to see you through the winter season.

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.

Five winter paintings

11 December 2013

From jolly Dutch skaters to austere Yorkshire landscapes, we've chosen our favourite five seasonal masterpieces to see in galleries across the UK.

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.

The modernisation of Sherlock Holmes

4 December 2013

As Sherlock returns to BBC1 and the Museum of London prepares for its Sherlock Holmes exhibition, Matthew Sweet explores the enduring appeal of Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective.

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.

Turner, the sea and the Summer Exhibition

28 November 2013

The exhibition Turner and the Sea opened last week at National Maritime Museum. Exhibitions Manager, Philippa Simpson, reveals the extent to which JMW Turner ensured his seascapes stood out at crowded Academy exhibitions.

Five must-see Turners

21 November 2013

Welsh castles, steam engines and a storm at sea – as Turner and the Sea opens at the National Maritime Museum, we choose the artist's greatest paintings to see in UK galleries.

Five design collections

14 November 2013

To celebrate the opening of Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum, we’ve chosen five of our favourite design collections across the UK, from Arts and Crafts pioneers to inspiring metalwork.

Five haunted museums

30 October 2013

From a vengeful carpenter to one of the most famous paranormal photographs ever taken, we've hunted down five of the most haunted museums across the UK.

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.

Video: Elizabeth I & Her People

16 October 2013

Art Quarterly's Editor, Charlotte Mullins, takes a look at the National Portrait Gallery's new exhibition, Elizabeth I & Her People.

Art walk: Shoreditch

24 September 2013

White Cube and Victoria Miro put this area of London on the contemporary art map following their moves north of the City in 2000.

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.

Top ten British masterpieces

8 August 2013

To celebrate the launch of Art Everywhere across the country, we reveal the country's favourite British works of art as chosen by you, from Pre-Raphaelite scenes to exploded sheds.

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.

William Morris Gallery basks in Prize spotlight

24 June 2013

A few weeks after winning the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013 we caught up with the project leader responsible for the gallery’s remarkable transformation to find out how they plan on spending the money and where it all went right.

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.

Six maritime museums

28 May 2013

As a new museum opens exploring Henry VIII's ship the Mary Rose, we've chosen our favourite museums dedicated to the UK's rich history at sea.

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.

Your favourite country house

3 April 2013

Vote for your favourite country house and we'll enter you into our competition to win a Harrods hamper to take on your next visit.

Museum of the Year 2013 Finalists announced

2 April 2013

Ten museums and galleries have been chosen by the judges to compete for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year and the £10,000 Clore Award for Learning.

Ten country houses and gardens

1 April 2013

From gorgeous gardens to awesome architecture, we've hand-picked our favourite country houses for the perfect day out.

Your favourite couple in art?

11 February 2013

Love is in the air... or at least on the canvas. This Saint Valentine's Day we're celebrating some of our favourite romances in art.

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.

Video: Bob and Roberta Smith at Leeds Art Gallery

25 January 2013

As part of our Art Fund Presents series, artist Bob and Roberta Smith shares his highlights of Leeds Art Gallery including works by Elizabeth Frink, Georgie Hopton and the artist's own site-specific commission for the gallery.

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.

Interactive map: Light from the Middle East

12 November 2012

Explore highlights from the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography with our map of the region and listen to the curator introduce key artists.

Interactive map: Art Fund International

31 October 2012

Explore highlights from the ambitious £5 million funding scheme which has helped five UK museum partnerships buy outstanding contemporary international art.

Seven haunted highlights

25 October 2012

With Halloween looming, we've found something strange to see in your neighbourhood, from a paranormal puppy in Surrey to a murdered maid in the Midlands.

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.

Video: Poussin's Extreme Unction

25 September 2012

Curator Jane Munro tells us why this stunning masterpiece is worth fighting for... and illuminates Poussin's foot fetish.

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.

Six science museums

29 August 2012

From interactive flight simulators to the world's most famous apple tree, we've picked six perfect days out for budding Brunels.

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.

Royals Revealed: Kensington Palace reopens

21 March 2012

Kensington Palace reopens this spring with a brand-new set of displays that tell the stories of its famous residents. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, describes what's been going on behind the scenes...

Getting to know: Turner Contemporary

15 February 2012

Since opening in April last year Margate's Turner Contemporary has become one of Britain's most exciting art galleries. We've spent some time with the gallery to find out what makes it tick.

Getting to know... the Charles Dickens Museum

2 February 2012

This year is the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, and nobody's celebrating more than the Charles Dickens Museum in London. We thought we'd find out a few of its secrets...

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.

Seven amazing antiquities

16 November 2011

Britain is home to a wealth of ancient artefacts, some left behind by the Romans and Saxons who once occupied the isles, others brought here by eager explorers and avaricious armies.

Top ten castles

7 October 2011

Whether in the Black Mountains of Wales or on the coasts of Cornwall, no buildings are closer to Britain's heart than its castles. Most were built as military fortresses but, like retired soldiers forced to find new careers, adopted new purposes in times of peace.

Ten military museums

23 August 2011

War - what is it good for? Judging by our top ten military museums, everything from fine art and poetry to comic books and toy soldiers.

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