Art Fund to the rescue (again)

April 13 2011

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The Art Fund has announced a dramatic 50% increase in the money it gives to buy and display art in the UK by 2014. Three cheers for the new director Stephan Deuchar and his staff for helping fill the funding gap for acquisitions.

Surely the government should now follow suit, and match-fund the increase? Ministers don't even need to find new money - they could simply issue an instruction to the Heritage Lottery Fund (whose income will soon shoot up to £300m) to look more kindly on acquisition applications. If, like me, you think the HLF should fund more acquisitions, you can tell them via their online consultation on how to spend all that new cash (closes 26th April).

The Art Fund has also announced a new National Art Pass - £35 a year gets you into 200 museums and galleries. Sign up here

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