Saving Art for the Nation: John Ruskin and the Art Fund

In May 1857 the City of Manchester held the largest art exhibition ever seen in Britain: Art Treasures of the United Kingdom was visited by over 1.3 million people. Ruskin stated that public galleries such as the new City Art Gallery would need support from a national charity to help finance acquisitions and thus were the seeds of the Art Fund sown.

As Manchester marks the 150th anniversary of this event with an exhibition, Art Fund Director David Barrie will examine the notion of saving art for the nation, exploring too the ideas of John Ruskin and the origins of the Art Fund.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm (Thu until 9pm) Closed 24, 25 Dec, Good Friday

Entry details

Tickets are free but must be booked through the Manchester Art Gallery.

Guided tours 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm.

Lecture 3.00 pm (Town Hall)

4.00 pm tea.

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)