How we work

Art Fund invests in the future of museums. We help UK museums and galleries to build collections, reach audiences, shape futures and make connections.

We're known for our grant-giving programme, which provides millions every year to help museums acquire and share works of art, support the professional development of curators, and inspire and engage new audiences.

But our support goes beyond funding. As a champion for the UK's museums and galleries, we advocate for the sector in a number of ways, from lobbying government to running public appeals.

As an independent charity, we receive no government funding and are entirely supported by our members, who buy the National Art Pass, as well as by the generosity of many trusts, foundations and other individuals.

Supporting and celebrating museums

Lobbying and policy

We use our independent voice to stand up and fight for museums' needs, campaigning publicly and behind the scenes on the issues that matter.

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Art Fund Museum of the Year

Our annual prize seeks out and celebrates innovation and achievement in museums and galleries across the UK.

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Gifts and bequests

As well as offering grants towards acquisitions, we help owners and collectors give art to museums and galleries through gifts and bequests.

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About Art Fund

Meet the team

Get in touch with a member of our team to find out how we can help you and your museum.

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Past projects

Explore some of our past projects, including notable tours and special initiatives.

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Frequently asked questions

Find answers to questions about applying for grants, professional development, and more.

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Art we've helped buy

Museums Bulletin

Keep up to date with Art Fund news and funding opportunities: sign up to receive our regular e-bulletin.

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