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Acquisitions round-up: Autumn 2015

3 September 2015

Take a look at all the works of art we've helped museums and galleries to acquire in the last three months, thanks to National Art Pass members and Art Fund donors.

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.

Signed and sealed: Memories of an empire

5 March 2015

Anisha Birk, Sackler Scholar of Ancient Iran at the British Museum, discusses her research into ancient Persian iconograpy during a recent trip to Iraq, which was supported by an Art Fund curatorial grant.

Leon Ferrari work bought for Middlesbrough

12 February 2015

La Joven Noche, a braille-on-ink work by Latin American artist Leon Ferrari, has been bought by the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art with support from the Art Fund.

Cardinal Wolsey's long-lost angels saved for nation

9 February 2015

The Wolsey Angels – a group of four bronze statues commissioned by Cardinal Wolsey for his tomb – will be bought by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London following the success of a £5m fundraising campaign.

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.

Alison Watt painting bought for Perth

27 January 2015

Orion, a captivating new drapery painting by Scottish artist Alison Watt, has been bought by Perth Museum & Art Gallery with help from the Art Fund.

Third phase of Art Fund curatorial traineeships announced

22 January 2015

The National Gallery and the Art Fund have announced two new fully funded curatorial traineeships to run from 2015 to 2017, and are seeking applications from museums and galleries to act as partners on the programme.

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.

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.

Loan of Wedgwood Collection to Barlaston finalised

2 December 2014

The Art Fund’s purchase of the Wedgwood Collection, its gift to the V&A, and its loan from the V&A to Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton were all confirmed in back to back transactions on 1 December 2014, ensuring the collection will remain on display at the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston.

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.

Fatos Ustek announced as fig-2 curator

17 October 2014

The independent curator and writer Fatos Ustek has been announced as Art Fund Curator at fig-2, a visual arts programme that will see contemporary creators launching 50 projects in 50 weeks.

Q&A: Clare Lilley, Frieze Sculpture Park curator

13 October 2014

Darth Vader, wicker sculpture and this year's show-stoppers – ahead of Frieze London, we talk to the Sculpture Park's curator about the 2014 show and the impact of the Art Fund's app.

Art Fund releases new Guide to Giving Art

7 October 2014

Looking to donate art to a public collection to be enjoyed by future generations, but not sure of the best way to do it? The Art Fund has published a fully updated version of its Guide to Giving Art.

Curatorial trainee: October update

7 October 2014

Six months in London and Birmingham as a curatorial trainee – Helen Hillyard updates us on her progress in the Art Fund's training scheme for young curators.

'Founder of photography' archive secured for Oxford

6 October 2014

The personal archive of William Henry Fox Talbot, a Victorian polymath who invented pioneering photographic techniques, has been secured by the Bodleian Library following an Art Fund grant.

Pedro de Mena's Weeping Virgin saved for Cambridge

3 October 2014

A stunning 17th-century bust featuring glass eyes and teardrops, and eyelashes made from human hair, has been bought by the Fitzwilliam Museum following a public appeal and an Art Fund grant.

Wedgwood-Darwin: Friendship to dynasty

12 September 2014

From a leading mind of the Enlightenment to one of the 21st century's greatest sculptors, two families have shaped Britain for nearly 300 years.

The Wedgwood Collection: Ten highlights

1 September 2014

Ten of our favourite pieces from the exquisite Wedgwood Collection – which forms an incredible visual archive of British social and cultural history.

Autumn issue of Art Quarterly out now

1 September 2014

Post-war German painters, late-peaking artists, and Wedgwood's legacy – all exclusive to Art Fund members in the Autumn 2014 issue of Art Quarterly.

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.

Video: Save the Wedgwood Collection

1 September 2014

Watch our campaign video, in which Tristram Hunt MP, design critic Alice Rawsthorn, Wedgwood Museum director Gaye Blake-Roberts and Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar make the case for saving the Wedgwood Collection.

Attend our Museums Summit

3 July 2014

Passionate about museums? Come along to our international conference exploring the political, social and economic impact of museums in 2014.

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.

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.

Summer issue of Art Quarterly out now

2 June 2014

Guest editor Cornelia Parker presents David Batchelor on black and white, a spotlight on Glasgow and the Ikon's early years – all exclusive to Art Fund members.

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.

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.

Edible Masterpieces events round-up

2 May 2014

From kids' cooking in Middlesbrough to gourmet marshmallows in London, we round up the best public events planned for Edible Masterpieces so far.

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.

Which cake are you?

16 April 2014

Are you an old-fashioned sponge or a fancy millefeuille? Find out in our Edible Masterpieces quiz.

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.

Van Dyck: The inspiration behind Viper Wine

13 March 2014

Hermione Eyre writes about how Van Dyck's work sparked the idea for her novel, Viper Wine, and explains why his final self-portrait should hang in a public collection.

What is the value of culture?

11 March 2014

Art impacts on society and needs to be invested in. The Art Fund's Chairman, David Verey, underlines the importance of understanding its true worth.

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.

Save Van Dyck: Donate to win prizes

7 March 2014

From next week, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, we're entering text donors into some fabulous prize draws.

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.

Letter from the Director: In search of ingenuity

5 March 2014

In his Art Quarterly column, Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar sees British creativity shining on many fronts, and shares his thoughts on Save Van Dyck, Museum of the Year and Edible Masterpieces.

Spring issue of Art Quarterly out now

1 March 2014

Vikings reappraised, Opie on collecting, plus features on Russian art, Auckland Castle and Henry Pearlman's Cézannes – only for Art Fund members in the Spring 2014 issue of Art Quarterly.

Edible Masterpieces

20 February 2014

Fundraising for art – it's a piece of cake! Today the Art Fund is launching a delicious new fundraising initiative.

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: Export-stop extended

17 February 2014

We are thrilled to announce that our fundraising campaign with the National Portrait Gallery, to buy Van Dyck's final self-portrait for the nation, has been extended by five months.

The Art Fund at Millais House

10 February 2014

After more than 20 years based in Millais House, the Art Fund has moved to new premises in King's Cross. We look back on our time spent in the building that John Everett Millais and Francis Bacon called home.

Budget cuts and export stops

5 February 2014

The Art Fund's Director, Stephen Deuchar, responds to a Guardian report about UK-owned works of art that have been sold to private collections overseas.

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.

Five courses for visual arts professionals

29 January 2014

Looking to start a career in the visual arts? Or seeking that next step as a museum professional? We've chosen five courses to launch you towards that perfect job.

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.

Save Van Dyck: FAQs

12 December 2013

We recently launched a fundraising appeal to help the National Portrait Gallery buy Van Dyck's final self-portrait. Here are our answers to some frequently asked questions about the campaign.

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.

Spencer paintings bought for Fitzwilliam

19 November 2013

Five paintings by Stanley Spencer spanning over 20 years of the artist's career have been bought for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge with Art Fund support.

Webb watercolours returned to Wolverhampton

12 November 2013

Four watercolours by Philip Webb, a life-long friend and business partner of William Morris, have been bought for Wightwick Manor with help from the Art Fund.

Iconic Stubbs paintings saved for Greenwich

6 November 2013

Paintings of a kangaroo and a dingo by pre-eminent animal painter George Stubbs have been saved for the National Maritime Museum with help from the Art Fund.

Art Fund watercolour stars in Turner show

1 November 2013

A painting of Brighton pier by JMW Turner, bought with Art Fund support, stars in a new exhibition of Turner's works opening tomorrow at the Royal Pavilion.

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.

Art Fund works go on show at Kelvingrove

25 October 2013

Two works bought with Art Fund support have gone on show at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, in the museum's first major redisplay since it reopened in 2006.

Noble tapestry bought for Newcastle

27 August 2013

A rare tapestry by Turner Prize-nominated artist Paul Noble has been bought for the Laing Art Gallery with help from the Art Fund.

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.

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.

Review: Jeremy Deller's English Magic

30 May 2013

Art Quarterly editor Charlotte Mullins takes in Jeremy Deller's eclectic British Pavilion exhibition English Magic at the Venice Biennale before it heads to the UK.

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.

Art Fund Collect 2013 shortlist announced

25 April 2013

Twelve museums across the UK have been shortlisted for Art Fund Collect, a £75,000 scheme which gives curators the chance to acquire outstanding works of craft for their collections.

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.

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.

Who owns public art?

24 January 2013

As a result of the continuing question marks over Tower Hamlets Council’s ownership of Henry Moore’s iconic Old Flo, a case which is being contested by Bromley Council, the question “who owns public art” has been rearing its head in recent weeks.

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.

Sale of Old Flo on hold

4 December 2012

Tower Hamlets Council has responded to our concerns over the ownership of Old Flo and confirmed it will not attempt to move the statue until proof of title has been provided.

Grayson Perry tapestries find permanent home

30 November 2012

The Vanity of Small Differences, a series of six exuberant tapestries by Grayson Perry have been bought by the Arts Council Collection and British Council with our help.

Glasgow Boy masterpiece bought for Scotland

19 November 2012

In The Orchard, a masterpiece by 'Glasgow Boy' Sir James Guthrie, has been bought for Glasgow City Council and the National Galleries of Scotland with help from the Art Fund.

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.

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.

Bond auction raises £10,000 for Art Fund

8 October 2012

Going, going, Bond! An auction at Christie's celebrating 50 years of the Bond franchise raised thousands of pounds for charities, including the Art Fund.

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.

Poussin masterpiece comes to London

19 September 2012

Nicolas Poussin's Extreme Unction has gone on show at the National Gallery, London, as the fundraising campaign to keep it on public display gathers momentum.

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.

Hiorns's crystal council flat headed for Yorkshire

20 July 2012

Seizure, an entrancing blue crystal sculpture by Turner Prize-nominee Roger Hiorns, will go on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park next year after it was acquired by the Arts Council Collection with help from the Art Fund.

Blog: Art Fund International

12 June 2012

In the second part of his blog, curator Ben Harman writes about the contemporary art scene in Glasgow...

Government drops plan to cap charitable donations

31 May 2012

The Art Fund is thrilled by the government's announcement that it will drop its plan to introduce a cap on tax relief on donations to charity " a proposal which our Director Stephen Deuchar said would have a 'devastating impact' on planned fundraising appeals.

What makes a good museum?

16 May 2012

Lord Chris Smith, Chair of the 2012 Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries, reflects on how museums can become inspiring places that capture the imagination.

Blog: Art Fund International

9 May 2012

Ben Harman, Curator of Contemporary Art at Glasgow Museums, writes about the impact of the Art Fund International scheme on his work.

Art Fund curatorial trainees: April update

13 April 2012

Six months into their traineeships at the National Gallery, Henrietta Ward and Philippa Stephenson tell us about their experiences so far on the Art Fund's curatorial scheme.

Art Fund working to save the Wedgwood Collection

27 March 2012

The Art Fund is taking a lead in the campaign to save the Wedgwood collection following last week's decision by the Attorney General not to challenge an earlier court ruling that the collection can be sold.

Titian's Diana and Callisto bought for the nation

29 February 2012

One of the most important works of art in the UK, Titian's masterpiece Diana and Callisto has been jointly bought by the National Gallery and National Galleries Scotland with help 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.

Record numbers join in 2011!

3 January 2012

We've had some great news to see the New Year in with … 18,000 new members have joined the Art Fund during 2011 which is an increase of 15%. Our almost 90,000 members have helped us place £18.5 million worth of art in UK museum collections.

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