Touring projects and special initiatives

Alongside acquisition grants, we also fund several touring projects – so that more people can enjoy fantastic exhibitions and artworks.


The Roche Court Educational Trust’s ARTiculation initiative is designed to stimulate students' interest and understanding of art while developing individual thinking, observation, research, language and presentation skills. ARTiculation workshops for 14 to 19 year olds are held throughout the year and an annual competition for sixth formers takes place in the spring. The Art Fund has donated National Art Passes as prizes for the winners and has also funded three years' of outreach work in partnership with regional museums and galleries, in order to encourage more young people from the state sector to get involved.

Artist Rooms on tour with Art Fund

Assembled by collector and curator Anthony d’Offay, Artist Rooms is an important public collection of international contemporary art, shared across the UK through a unique collaboration between the Art Fund, Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. The collection comprises over 700 works by 37 artists, including Diane Arbus, Joseph Beuys and Damien Hirst. Art Fund has been supporting a tour of these works around the UK as well as providing additional funds to help museums display and interpret the works, and put on education events, bringing the art to life for the public.

John Constable's Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

In 2013 we helped Tate to buy John Constable's iconic six-foot landscape Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows on behalf of five museums. As part of Aspire, an innovative sharing arrangement, the painting will be on display across the UK for five years. The regional galleries participating in the Aspire programme are: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales; Colchester and Ipswich Museums; National Galleries of Scotland; and Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. The work is on display at Oriel y Parc, Pembrokeshire, until 11 September 2016.

Treasure Plus

We ran three rounds of this funding programme with support from the Headley Trust. Treasure Plus aimed to deepen public engagement with items of treasure and related archaeological material by providing small grants of up to £10,000 for the display and interpretation of projects. The third and final round of funding closed for applications in October 2014.

We held a Treasure Plus Conference on 13 October 2015 to enable curators working with archaeological collections to share best practice, find out about funding and support, and network with colleagues. We will be drawing learning from across the programme and the conference into a digital toolkit, which will be free to download from our website.

Van Dyck's Self-portrait tour

In 2014 we helped the National Portrait Gallery to save Van Dyck's magnificent last self-portrait for the nation through a £10m fundraising campaign. The painting is now touring the UK and can be seen at the exhibition Turning to See at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from 28 May to 4 September 2016. The full tour includes Turner Contemporary, Margate; Manchester Art Gallery; National Portrait Gallery, London; Dulwich Picture Gallery, London; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle; and Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

Weston Loans Programme with Art Fund

A programme designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections.

Past projects and initiatives

Including Jeremy Deller's English Magic, Sarah Lucas's Power in Woman and National Gallery's Titian Experience

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