Art Fund to Increase Funding for Museums and Galleries to Buy and Show Art by 50%

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LONDON.- The Art Fund announce their plans to increase funding for museums and galleries to buy and show art by over 50% by 2014. Responding to the severe financial pressures facing most institutions, Art Fund is committing £7 million 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. Art Fund plans to develop a funding programme to deliver art to all corners of the UK in different ways, and to help people experience great art at first hand. They plan to do this by: Making more money directly available to help museums buy important works of art – the Art Fund has given over £24m over the last five years to 248 museums, Running more public fundraising campaigns for art at risk of being lost to UK collections – such as the recent