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The immediate impact of COVID-19 on public art collections means that Art UK's role has never been more important in helping to keep the nation's art alive.

Since March 2020, every public art collection has been forced to close its doors to visitors. Many have cancelled exhibitions, and most have lost essential income.

We need your support to help public collections to share their art with a global audience – throughout the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

1983, oil on hardboard by Kenneth Fowler (b.1955)

The Exhibition

1983, oil on hardboard by Kenneth Fowler (b.1955)

How does Art UK help collections?

During this extraordinary time, we have been busier than ever supporting collections by:

  • helping them tell the stories behind their art, and adding more works to our website
  • collaborating with The Guardian on the Great British Art Quiz
  • launching our new Curations tool, a platform to showcase closed exhibitions
  • helping raise valuable income from the Art UK Shop while collections' doors are closed

We rely on donations from supporters to raise £400,000 every year to continue our work to share the nation's art with the world.

'Art UK has always provided a vital platform for professionals and public alike, but at present, this is in sharp focus as we work remotely, fragmented, challenged and with a sole focus on engaging via digital platforms.' – Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

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Thank you for your continued support.