The Art Fund, a UK national fundraising charity has had a 15% increase in membership, almost reachingÂ 90,000 members. The success is largely a result of the launch of the National Art Pass which provides a wide range of discounts and free admission across the UKâ€™s art venues. Membership fees go directly towards the work of the Art Fund, to help museums buy and share great art.
The Art Fund assists museums in several ways. It offers grants for the acquisition of works made since 1965, allowing works by Sir Peter Blake, Ai Weiwei, and Eva Rothschild to join national collections. The Art Fund launched RENEW, giving six museums across the country the opportunity to establish new directions in their art collecting. Another project includes running a fundraising campaign to help a museum to buy a work of contemporary art.
Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar said: â€œThe benefits of the National Art Pass clearly make sense to any art enthusiast seeking a saving. But it’s also allowing us to give vital support to the museums themselves at this especially tough time”. For further information visit www.artfund.org/join/national-art-pass-benefits