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The Courtauld Friends are a creative and cultural force which runs through the programme of benefits that are being developed, ready to launch as the gallery re-opens its doors in 2021.  Opening our gallery doors once again will bring with it opportunities to enjoy a full programme from which you can meet, mingle and hear from our illustrious alumni, curators, academics, senior staff and students, alongside members’ gallery hours and priority booking. Currently the benefits package includes:

Join the art movement today from just £55 and receive:

  • The opportunity to see the new Gallery spaces at a special Members’ Day
  • First access to our recorded In Conversation series, a programme of talks with illustrious alumni
  • Special access to an intimate programme of digital lectures and debates with leading alumni, academics, curators and senior Courtauld staff
  • A unique programme of events and access to Art Fairs once events resume
  • Monthly e-newsletter and yearly magazine.

Due to current circumstances brought about by Covid-19 we are unable to send out membership packs, however, we will endeavour to get these to you as soon as physically possible.

“Knowing I am contributing to the ongoing support of The Courtauld, and being able to visit exceptional works of art and exhibitions at my leisure, made it irresistible”

Bill Nighy – On why he joined as a Friend

“As a longstanding Friend, The Courtauld continues to surprise me with world-class exhibitions, eye-opening lectures and wonderful events.”

Judith Mitchell, Friend

Courtauld Friends Gift Membership

Buy a Courtauld Friends gift membership for a colleague, friend or family member. With all the above benefits such as free access for the Friend and a guest to Somerset House Trust exhibitions; priority booking for selected Courtauld lectures, debates and the annual festival of art history, our annual summer party and for Somerset House’s Skate, the Summer Series and Film4 Summer Screen, this is a great membership.

*The Courtauld Gallery is now closed for a major transformation Courtauld Connects. During this period many of  our paintings are on show in the UK and abroad: The National Gallery will display Courtauld paintings in a separate room The Courtauld at the National Gallery (again from early 2020). Special paintings will also be loaned to local galleries across the UK and be on free display such as our travelling Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld and Radical Drawing: Works from Coventry and The Courtauld.

From 10 September to 15 December 2019 The Courtauld Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism exhibition was hosted at The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo; from 3 January to 15 March 2020 in the Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya; then from 28 March to 21 June 2020 ending in Kobe. Friends will continue to get access to our world-class collection through special trips and visits and will be the first to see the new Courtauld Gallery in all its splendour.

Play your part in enriching society

Your support helps us fulfil our mission to make art available to all. We can enrich lives through outreach programmes and train more future leaders. Thank you.

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