6 July 2017

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Hepworth Wakefield Wins Prestigious Museum Of The Year £100,000 Prize

The Hepworth Wakefield has won this year’s Museum of The Year Award. The gallery located in West Yorkshire has beaten Tate Modern, the Lapworth Museum of Geology in Birmingham, Sir John Soane’s Museum in London and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Suffolk. The Art Fund aims to reward an institution that has shown “exceptional imagination, innovation, and achievement across the preceding 12 months”.

7 April 2017

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Art Fund Announces Winners Of New Collecting Award programme

The £300,000 New Collecting Award programme winners have been announced by the Art Fund. The award invests in the development of promising curators. The successful projects include building a collection of cartographic material about forced migration to increasing the number of works by female artists.

6 July 2016

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Outstanding V&A Wins Coveted Art Fund Museum of the Year £100,000K Award

After a record-breaking year, the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum has been named the Museum of the Year 2016. The judges said the museum had “indisputably” become one of the best in the world. The Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum made the announcement for the £100,000 prize which is the largest single arts […]

24 May 2016

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Art Fund Appeal To Save Elizabeth I Portrait For The Nation

An appeal to save a masterpiece of the English Renaissance for the Nation has been launched jointly by the Art Fund charity and the Royal Museums Greenwich. The painting is one of three surviving versions of the Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. £10m is needed to save the life-sized painting. The Art Fund has already pledged £1m, while Royal […]

30 April 2016

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Art Fund’s Museum Of The Year 2016 Shortlist Announced

The five museums shortlisted for the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2016 prize has been announced. The  annual prize is awarded to one outstanding museum, which, in the opinion of the judges, has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement. The prize of £100,000 is given at an awards dinner, before an invited audience of the UK’s museum and cultural leaders, […]

8 October 2015

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British Singletons: Knowing About Art Makes Someone Appear More Attractive

A knowledge of Art has become such a must have attribute that half of singletons interviewed in a survey by the Art Fund stated that knowing about art makes someone appear more attractive. Yes! A fifth of British men would pretend to have an interest in art in order to impress a potential partner. A quarter of 25-34 year […]

27 July 2015

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Art Fund’s UK Curatorial Scheme Increased By £100k In New Round

The Art Fund has announced that applications are open for a second phase of the New Collecting Awards, the charity’s landmark funding programme that enables the next generation of museum and gallery curators to apply for funding to support the acquisition of works of art for their collections.  Up to £400,000 is now available to be shared […]

15 January 2015

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New Art Fund Initiative Launched To Get The Public Walking For Local Museums

The Art Fund has launched Art Miles, a new fundraising initiative to get members of the public walking to raise money for their local museum.  On Sunday 22 March 2015, three museums (Chiswick House and Gardens, Dulwich Picture Gallery, and William Morris Gallery), will host a three mile walk around their surroundings, hosting a range […]

15 December 2014

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Art Fund Announces Judges For 2015 Museum Of The Year Award

The YBA Artist Michael Landy has been selected as a judge for this years £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year Prize. The 2015 panel will be chaired by the Art Funds’ Stephen Deuchar, along with design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn; the books and arts editor of The Economist, Fiammetta Rocco; and the director […]

3 October 2014

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Wedgwood Collection To Stay In Staffordshire After Appeal Success

One of the worlds most important industrial archive, the Wedgwood Collection has been saved for the nation after a public appeal raised nearly £3m. The Art Fund will now gift the collection to the V&A who intend to continue to display the  ceramics at the current museum located in Barlaston, Staffordshire near Stoke. The collection […]

3 September 2014

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Wedgwood Collection Could Be Saved For The Nation As Deadline Approaches

The Wedgwood Museum, which entered administration in 2010, after the collapse of the iconic firm, has launched a public appeal to save the 80,000 piece Wedgwood pottery collection. The museum was lumbered with an £134m bill for pension debts, when they were transferred to the museum trust after Waterford Wedgwood Plc collapsed in January 2009. […]

11 July 2014

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Art Fund Museum of the Year Awarded To Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014 has been awarded to Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The announcement was made at the National Gallery in London on the 9 July. The prize was presented by the  British film and theatre director, Sam Mendes. The judges thought Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) a truly outstanding […]

26 April 2014

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Hayward Gallery Nominated For Museum of the Year Prize 2014

The Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery which opened its doors in 1968, is one of the world’s most adventurous and innovative contemporary art galleries. Annually, Hayward Gallery presents a wide range of exhibitions in London and, through its Hayward Touring programme, shows exhibitions of both national and regional importance, which were seen in 2013 by 750,000 […]

20 February 2014

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Art Fund Launches Edible Masterpieces To Help UK Museums And Galleries

The Art Fund have launched a new fundraising initiative that encourages art lovers to create edible masterpieces – all funds raised go towards helping UK museums and galleries. The competition encourages you to get together with your friends, family or colleagues on Friday 9 May to see who can make the most amazing edible creation […]

22 July 2013

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Tate Chair Lord Browne Calls For New Arts Funding Model

Chair of the Tate, Lord Browne of Madingley recently spoke at the Royal Society of Arts arguing we need to adopt a new model of funding which strikes a balance between state funding and private philanthropy. The history of philanthropy shows that state provision is only a recent phenomenon. From ancient Greece to Andrew Carnegie, […]

3 May 2013

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Contemporary Art Society Announces Museums Awarded New Media Acquisitions

The inaugural winners of their new Testing Media initiative, which enables institutions across the UK to acquire contemporary artworks in new or challenging media for their collections has been announced by The Contemporary Art Society, in association with the Art Fund. The winners are: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester and Peter Scott Gallery, […]

2 April 2013

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Art Fund Museum Of The Year Award 2013 Shortlist Announced

The Art Fund have announced the ten museums in the running for the UK’s largest arts prize, the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year. Celebrating the very best UK museums and galleries, the Prize highlights the innovative and creative ways that museums bring objects and collections to life, looking specifically at activity […]

19 December 2012

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Art Fund Museum Prize Changes Name To Museum Of The Year

The Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries has renamed the prize ‘Museum of  The Year’ and changed its criteria for applying. Any accredited museum or gallery may now apply for the prize; in previous years the main criteria was a new project or redevelopment in the past 12 months. Each year the Art Fund […]

16 December 2012

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Rachel Whiteread Whitechapel Sculpture Voted Art Fund’s Most Popular Attraction

Rachel Whiteread’s gilded bronze frieze, ‘Tree of Life’ has been voted the nation’s favourite work of art supported by the Art Fund in 2012, in a poll of museum goers. Featuring clusters of leaves, cast in bronze and plated in gold leaf, Tree of Life covers the sculptural façade of the Whitechapel Gallery in East […]

2 December 2012

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Art Fund’s Legal Challenge Over Henry Moore Sculpture Sale

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has without success pleaded with Mayor Lutfur Rahman, to reverse the decision to sell a £20m Henry Moore sculpture, known locally as ‘Old Flo’. The council insists the decision was made with “regret”, because it must find an extra £100m in the next two years or cut essential services. […]

19 September 2012

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Art Fund To Secure Nicolas Poussin Masterpiece For Nation

The public has shown major support for the joint appeal by the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Art Fund to secure Poussin’s masterpiece Extreme Unction (c. 1638-40) for the nation. In the first few weeks the fundraising appeal has reached £550,000 thanks to significant donations from over 2,250 members of the general public, including £100,000 from […]

20 June 2012

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Art Fund Museum of the Year Awarded To Royal Albert Memorial Museum

The Art Fund have announced today that Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum has won this year’s £100,000 Art Fund Prize and the prestigious title of ‘Museum of the Year’. Since it reopened in 2011 following a £24 million transformation, RAMM has wowed hundreds of thousands of visitors with its dramatically reinterpreted displays. Lord Smith of […]

15 May 2012

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Best Gallery Of The Year Shortlist Overlooks Tracey Emin Turner Contemporary

The longlist for the Art Fund’s best new gallery prize has been whittled down to a shortlist of four – the Hepworth Wakefield, the newly refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, and the Watts Gallery in Surrey. All four will now compete for the honour of being named […]

4 January 2012

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Art Fund Steps In To Mitigate Arts Council Cuts

Last year, Art Fund gained 18,000 new members, helping them in their work to compensate for drastic government cuts to arts spending While the rest of the world seemed on the brink of economic collapse, The Art Fund miraculously increased its membership by 15 % in 2011. The 18,000 new members achieved by the Art […]

30 November 2011

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Art Fund Supports £350k Drive To Save Ship In Bottle

4th Plinth Yinka Shonibare sculpture should go to National Maritime Museum The giant ship in a bottle by Yinka Shonibare, MBE which has delighted the crowds in Trafalgar Square for over a year, is slated to be removed from public view in January 2012. The question is, Where will it go? The National Maritime Museum […]

18 November 2011

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Rodin Sculpture Up For Grabs

Rodin’s Houses of Parliament sculpture in ownership mystery Rodin’s sculpture ‘The Burghers of Calais’ has stood in Westminster outside the Houses of Parliament for nearly 100 years – certainly long enough to become a familiar feature of the area. However, this imposing public artwork is, in 2011, the subject to something of a mystery as […]

22 September 2011

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The Spirit Guard: Madonna by Manfred Kielnhofer

These are sculptures which with their formal appearance recall the past. At the same time they are made in a material that is often mentioned as a possible base of the future. At night the light inside of the sculptures ensouls them, while during the day blankness dominates. Anthony Gormley´s artwork “Another Place” shows men […]