Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art.
We give grants to help museums acquire and share works of art, support the professional development of curators, and inspire and engage new audiences.
In the past five years alone Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections. We also help museums share their collections with wider audiences by supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, and make additional grants to support the training and development of curators and museum professionals.
In addition to grant-giving, Art Fund’s support for museums includes our annual prize (and biggest museum prize in the world), Art Fund Museum of the Year; and a range of digital platforms designed specifically for museums and galleries.
Our free crowdfunding platform, Art Happens, gives museums and audiences the power to bring exciting arts projects to life together. Our free ticket management system, Art Tickets, offers museums and galleries the ability to sell tickets online.
Art Fund is independently funded, with the core of our income provided by 151,000 members who receive the National Art Pass and enjoy free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic places across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions and subscription to Art Quarterly magazine.
To find out more about the funding opportunities we offer for museums and museum professionals, as well as how to become part of the National Art Pass network and access marketing support for your museum or gallery, visit artfund.org.
‘Art Tickets has been revolutionary for a small organisation like ours. It enables us to connect with a much wider audience online, providing a simple and accessible solution fo buying both event and admission tickets. It has also reduced our behind-the-scenes administration by about 80%. Invaluable.’
‘Fantastic that we hit our target still with a few days to go. We could not have ever achieved this without all the help, advice and support of the Art Happens team, all of whom have been incredible!’
‘Our work with Art Fund’s marketing team has been really beneficial. The team are always full of ideas and have helped us reach out to their members to promote our temporary exhibitions with great success’
‘The grant enabled me to have a career-enhancing visit to Japan that would have been otherwise impossible. I feel that Art Fund is listening to curators and doing everything possible to support us. These grants give staff in regional museums the means to develop skills and stimulate our ambition in a way that is of ten only open to curators in national museums’
‘Ship of Fools brings vitality and resonance to traditional marine painting, is an outstanding addition to our budding collection of contemporary art and is a powerful signal of our determination to make the collection more diverse and relevant tot today’s audiences’