Art Fund record membership growth and new fund for conservation

Art Fund membership has grown by 8.5% in the past 12 months to 151,000 members, which has doubled in the last decade.

Art Fund has also launched a new funding scheme to help toward the conservation of museum and gallery collections in the UK with applications opening on 28 July 2019. This new fund joins several others opened in 2019:

  • Headley Fellowships with Art Fund - a three-year programme of £600,000 with the Headley Trust to give curators time and resources to develop specialist knowledge for their collections
  • Curatorial Network Grants - £150,000 open dund to support subject specialist networks (SSN) and other curatorial channels to develop and share knowledge, skills and resources
  • Art Tickets - a free ticketing system to bring museum and gallery ticket sales online
  • Art Fund & AAMC Foundation Travel Fellowships - an international collaboration between Art Fund and US based Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation which will allow UK curators to travel and attend the AAMC conference in New York City
  • Small project grants - seed fuding of projects up to £10,000 will open in late July 2019

Art Fund helps museums in achieving their goals, from buying works to sharing them across the country. In 2018, Art Fund awarded £4.9 million in grants, with 80% of grants going to organisations outside of London. Art Fund is supported by its membership as well as trusts, foundations and indivviduals. They also provide the National Art Pass which gives members free or reduced-price entry to many museums, galleries and historic houses.

Art Fund's Weston Loan Programme provides funding for museums and galleries to build skills and networks for sharing national collections with regional organisations, allowing for wider audiences.

Grants cover 100% of the costs in securing and displaying a loan from a national collection within regional galleries or museums, with between £5,000 and £25,000 available.

Who can apply

  • UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives which are regional and/or run by local authorities or universities, or have independent Trust status
  • open for at least half the week for at least six months of the year
  • at least provisionally accredited – though explanations for lack of accreditation can be considered. 

Applications should

  • enhance or maximise the possibilities of already planned loans/exhibitions/programming
  • enable ‘quickfire’ and ‘quick win’ loan requests
  • support long-term relationship and display development.

For more information, visit Art Fund. You can also read the Art Fund report 2019 here.


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