The Art Fund has launched Art Miles

New Art Fund initiative launched to get the public walking for local museums and gardens.

On Sunday 22 March 2015, four museums (Chiswick House and Gardens, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Osterley Park and House, and the William Morris Gallery), will host a three mile walk around their surroundings, hosting a range of cultural activities along the way.

Clare O’Brien, Director of Chiswick House & Gardens Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be part of Art Miles. We will be opening up parts of our heritage site not normally seen by the public, including the Ionic Temple, a wonderful folly, the newly rebuilt Melon House and the Walled Kitchen Gardens. We hope that these extra unseen parts of Chiswick House and Gardens will give our visitors an even greater understanding and appreciation of the historic importance and beauty of the House and Gardens here in Chiswick’’.

Participants should sign up online for the new initiative via www.chgt.org.uk or at www.artfund.org/artmiles. The £20 registration fee includes entry to the Art Miles event at their chosen venue and an Art Miles bag. Sponsorship raised on top of the registration fee will go directly to the museum or gallery where the individual has chosen to gain their ‘Art Miles’.  All proceeds go directly to the selected museum.

Art Miles at Chiswick House and Gardens

The walk will take you through the historic Grade I listed gardens, including areas that are not normally open to the public. Volunteer guides will talk about the history of the landscape design and the features, many designed by William Kent, including the beautiful cascade water feature and the Obelisk. The tour will also include the classic bridge, Ionic temple, the beautiful conservatory to see the famous camellia collection in bloom and will finish at Chiswick House. There members of the public will be free to wander at their own pace through the magnificent neo-Palladian villa, built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729 to showcase his art collection and to enthral his guests. The house continues to display many spectacular works of art.

Art Miles will start at 11am on the 22 March 2015 at the Obelisk, Burlington Lane Gate. The entry fee for Art Miles if £20 for an adult, free for under-16. Please register at www.artfund.org/artmiles. Participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship which will go directly to the chosen site. The tour lasts approximately two hours and all participants will also receive an Art Miles bag on arrival.

For more information and to register as a Walker go to www.chgt.org.uk.

The Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art, helping museums to buy and show great art for everyone.