Showing that philanthropy can work, even when times are tough

Showing that philanthropy can work, even when times are tough

The UK's biggest art charity has announced plans to increase funding to museums and galleries to buy and show art by over 50% by 2014. The Art Fund is committing £7m a year to their funding programme, up from £4.5 million. They also launched the National Art Pass giving special access to art all over the UK.
Demonstrating that philanthropy can continue even when times are tough, the Art Fund is taking steps to support the delivery of art around the UK and to help people to experience great art at first hand. They include:
  • Making more money directly available for the purchase of important works of art
  • Running more public fundraising campaigns
  • Supporting curatorial development
  • Supporting the collecting of international contemporary art
  • Celebrating, advocating and supporting the museums and galleries sector through the art fund prize for museums and art galleries
  • Campaigning for ways to make it easier for institutions to acquire art
  • Helping people make the most of art through the introduction of the National Art Pass
All funding for the art charity is raised from donations, public appeals, trusts and foundations and through its 80,000 supporters
Image: artist Grayson Perry at a National Art Pass launch