January cultural infrastructure forum at Art Fund


Future Cities Forum is looking forward to its discussions about the role of cultural infrastructure in January at the offices of Art Fund in Granary Square, Kings Cross (above). Art Fund occupies offices next to Regent's Canal in an 1860s building adapted sensitively to preserve the historic exterior.

The building was originally conceived as the nerve centre of the King's Cross Goods Yard. It sits alongside other important historic buildings such as the Grade ll Granary complex, now home to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Coal Drops Yard has also been part of a new restoration and masterplan by Heatherwick Studio and under the railway arches, a range of stores with established names and emerging brands, cafes, bars and restaurants have taken occupancy.

Sarah Philip is Director of Programmes and Policy at Art Fund and leads the team responsible for managing and developing the organisation's grant giving programmes which supports the museums and galleries sector in the UK. She will be talking at the round table about the importance of funding new acquisitions, curational and collections development. She has co-ordinated the Jonathan Ruffer curational grants programme, New Collecting Awards, and the Weston Loan Programme.