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.
Current government measures to control Covid-19 mean that museums and galleries across the UK are temporarily closed. We will continue to support all museums. We will be open and here for all our partners throughout, and we welcome conversations. We understand the challenges everyone is facing so we’ll also be flexible about funded project plans and timings needing to change.
Please explore the full programme of funding and digital support below, and find more information in our latest update.
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.
22 March 2021
Many organisations are struggling to attract income during the pandemic. Merrin Kalinowski and Nathaniel Hepburn explore how crowdfunding can help support your museum.
10 March 2021
Art Fund has long campaigned to improve the export licence system that protects our national treasures from being sold overseas. Sarah Philp, Art Fund’s director of programme and policy, reflects on the journey to get new measures in place, and what this means for our museums.
8 February 2021
To help us improve the funding we have offered during these difficult times, we’ve launched a new survey to understand the financial, marketing and professional support that our network of museums and galleries would find most useful in 2021.
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