Credit Suisse has a long and distinguished tradition of supporting the arts, working with leading cultural institutions to encourage innovative projects and wider access to theatre, music, and the visual arts. Other sponsorship commitments include the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Bolshoi Theatre, and the Sydney Symphony.
In 2018 the National Gallery and Credit Suisse have celebrated 10 years of this unique partnership, the Director Dr. Gabriele Finaldi and Patrick Flaherty from Credit Suisse discussed why the partnership was so important to both organisations and some of the highlights from the last decade.
Since the beginning of the partnership, the Gallery has collaborated with partner charities of Credit Suisse on a range of projects. These have included a series of photography workshops for young people with Centrepoint, as well as workshops with the Alzheimer’s Society, The Place2Be, The Children’s Trust, and Credit Suisse partner schools.
In 2015 the Gallery began a collaboration with City Year UK to deliver a bespoke personal and cultural development opportunity for students and City Year UK volunteers at inner city schools. This innovative project is continuing in 2018 working with five schools based in London and the East Midlands.
Since 2008 Credit Suisse’s partnership with the National Gallery has enabled us to plan and create outstanding exhibitions showcasing the history of European art in new and surprising ways that have captured the imagination of over 1.6 million visitors. These have included Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, Goya’s Portraits and most recently The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture. In 2019 the National Gallery will present The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portaits, the first ever exhibition devoted to the portraiture of Paul Gauguin, featuring works spanning from the mid-1880s to the end of his life in 1903.