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.
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.
26 January 2021
From the glittering Galloway Hoard of treasure to an exceptional portrait of Richard III and works by Antony Gormley and Lucian Freud, world-class art and objects from national collections will be shared with smaller museums nationwide this year through the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.
18 December 2020
Concluding our series of posts from our five Museum of the Year winners, South London Gallery’s Paul Crook tells us how the gallery’s young people’s group have been engaging in complex conversations about heritage and history.
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