Past touring projects and special initiatives

Art from Elsewhere

A touring exhibition of international contemporary art, including works by Ai Weiwei, Ana Menideta, Kara Walker and Imran Qureshi, from regional museums' collections. The works were acquired through Art Fund International, which sought to enhance collections of international contemporary art at regional museums and galleries. Art From Elsewhere is comprised of works from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall; Bristol Museum & Art Gallery; GoMA, Glasgow; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima); and Towner, Eastbourne.

The exhibition is showing at the following venues from 2014 to 2016: Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; mima, Middlesbrough; Harris Museum, Preston; Towner, Eastbourne and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and the Arnolfini.

Grayson Perry's The Vanity of Small Differences

A series of six exuberant tapestries by Grayson Perry toured around the UK. Created alongside the popular BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, the tapestries were subsequently gifted to the Arts Council Collection and the British Council by the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London, supported by Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund, Sfumato Foundation, and AlixPartners.

George Stubbs' dingo and kangaroo

In 2013 the Art Fund helped the National Maritime Museum to save George Stubbs' historic paintings of a kangaroo and a dingo, the first depictions of the animals in western art. They were painted in 1772 from skins brought back by Captain James Cook, rather than from life. The paintings went on tour around the UK to venues including Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, and Horniman Museum & Gardens.

Jeremy Deller's English Magic

Thanks to the Art Fund, Deller’s exhibition English Magic, which represented Great Britain at the 55th Venice Biennale, toured three museums in 2014, thanks to the Art Fund – the first time the British commission for the Biennale has returned to tour British shores. The show was specially adapted for each venue.

National Gallery's Titian Experience

The Titian Experience travelled around British festivals in a cinema truck between May and July 2013, giving festival-goers the opportunity to explore Titian's Diana and Callisto from a 21st-century perspective. Visitors to the truck, which was decorated with reproductions of the painting and its companion piece Diana and Actaeon, watched a short film exploring how the painting has inspired contemporary poets, artists, teachers and curators. Diana and Callisto was bought by the National Gallery in 2012 with help from a £2m Art Fund grant.

Middle Eastern Photography

Developed by the British Museum and the V&A with a grant of over £100,000, the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography comprises of over 80 important works by Middle Eastern artists responding to the social challenges and political upheavals of the Middle East over the last 30 years. The collection was displayed at the V&A's exhibition Light from the Middle East: New Photography in 2012-2013 and at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery's exhibition True to Life? New Photography from the Middle East in 2014-2016.

Sarah Lucas's Power in Woman

The first UK exhibition of the artist’s works from the Venice Biennale is at St John Soane's Museum, London, from 10 March to 21 May 2016, with support from the Art Fund. At 2015's British Pavilion, Lucas presented her I Scream Daddio installation, which featured a series of sculptures depicting the female body in different poses. Thanks to our support, three of the works are making their UK debut at the Sir John Soane’s Museum as part of its exhibition Power in Woman.

Yinka Shonibare – Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

We have funded an informal learning programme for Shonibare's piece Nelson's Ship in a Bottl

Current projects and initiatives

Including ARTiculation, Artists Rooms and Treasure plus

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