Support the National Gallery

How your gift helps

The magic of the National Gallery’s paintings captivates visitors from all over the world. Great paintings capture our imagination, engage us intellectually and absorb us emotionally. Masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt and Van Gogh inspire us with their vision, talent and the exquisite beauty of their work. Every painting at the National Gallery takes the viewer on their own voyage of discovery.

The work of the Gallery

We care for this world class collection on behalf of the nation, for today’s public and for future generations. Every year, the Gallery welcomes over 4 million visitors through its doors, free of charge. We have an established reputation for excellence in our scientific and scholarly research.

We also provide free adult education and help tens of thousands of school children every year to discover and enjoy great paintings. Our programmes extend to people in remote locations, to the elderly, the infirm and those in hospital – to many who cannot visit the Gallery itself through our outreach and electronic programmes.

By becoming a supporter of the National Gallery you help the Gallery:

  • Acquire great pictures for the collection
  • Look after the paintings in its care, so none are lost or damaged
  • Maintain free admission and access for all

Please make a donation

Ways your gifts help

These are just some of the ways private gifts help the National Gallery:

Donation boxes

Each time you visit the Gallery and generously give to the donation boxes or at the cloakroom, the Gallery benefits.

Here are some of the ways your coins and notes add up:

  • £50 enables a school to visit, or pays for a Magic Carpet Storytelling session
  • £100 provides a lunchtime talk or guided tour for Gallery visitors
  • £250 enables a painting to be examined by an expert conservator

Enhancing the collection – framing

Chardin, The House of Cards, about 1736-7
Chardin, The House of Cards, about 1736-7

 

Frames have always been subject to the changing tastes of generations of picture lovers, unless they are actually attached to the paintings. As a result, few of the Gallery’s paintings have retained their original frames. Probably less than a fifth of the current framings in the Gallery can be regarded as ‘ideal’. Private support from donors helps the Gallery to purchase outstanding frames when they become available. Some examples of frames purchased with the generous support of private donations include:

Pintoricchio, Saint Catherine of Alexandria with a Donor, probably about 1480-1500
Pintoricchio, Saint Catherine of Alexandria with a Donor, probably about 1480-1500

 

Velázquez, Philip IV of Spain in Brown and Silver, about 1631-2
Velázquez, Philip IV of Spain in Brown and Silver, about 1631-2

 

If you are interested in funding a specific programme or department at the Gallery please contact us:
development@ng-london.org.uk

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