Art Fund supports the vital work of museums and galleries across the UK.
We give grants to help museums acquire and share works of art, support the professional development of curators, and inspire and engage new audiences.
Due to essential maintenance, this website will be unavailable from 8pm Saturday 26 June – 8pm Tuesday 29 June.
We advise applicants to download a version of the application form locally if you wish to work on it over these dates. We apologise for any inconvenience.
As museums and galleries begin to reopen, we’ll continue to be here for all our partners. We know times remain uncertain and so, whether you want to discuss a new application, or you’re a current grant holder and need additional flexibility, please do get in touch.
See our open funding programmes to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis.
Explore training and career development opportunities for curators and other museum professionals, and how to apply.
Use our free digital services to help with audience engagement, crowdfunding and online ticketing, which can help with capacity and timed entry during reopening.
Joining the National Art Pass network of venues helps you attract visitors, access funding and raise the profile of your museum with our marketing support.
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft turned to Art Fund for a small project grant to help realise #CreateToRelate – an online programme of talks, workshops and events led by artists, craftspeople and art historians aimed at audiences unable to visit during lockdown.
Glasgow International is the largest annual festival for contemporary visual art in Scotland. Each edition welcomes around 250,000 visits to exhibitions at venues across the city. In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Glasgow International took the difficult decision to postpone the festival five weeks before it was scheduled to open.
A new formal membership network providing peer support for people in the UK working with LGBTQ+ collections and histories, developed by a collective body of organisations, led by the National Trust.
14 June 2021
Art Fund publishes its Annual Report for 2020/21, which shows how we responded to the pandemic by stepping up with crucial help for museums during the sector’s most difficult year in living memory.
2 June 2021
Curator and Headley Fellow Joanne Anderson discusses how her fellowship enabled her research into the Native North American artwork at the Great North Museum, alongside visits to the Haida Nation in Canada to explore the provenance and significance of objects in the museum's collections.
28 May 2021
As the museum and gallery sector navigates the next phase of recovery from the pandemic, we’re launching a new £2 million project grants scheme to help institutions move forward, as well as announcing the opening of applications for the third round of Headley Fellowships.
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