Why we need your support
On 10 May 2024 the National Gallery turns 200. To celebrate two centuries of bringing people and paintings together, we are launching a year-long festival of art, creativity and imagination known as NG200 – and everyone is invited.
We are bringing the world’s greatest paintings to you. Spectacular exhibitions and creative workshops at Trafalgar Square and across Britain will bring more than half the population within an hour’s journey of one of our masterpieces. New digital experiences will give unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to our collection, work and archives, for all to enjoy, everywhere. We're also updating our building to ensure the best experience possible for our visitors.
NG200: Art Road Trip
A travelling art studio will tour the UK through the year, bringing 200 National Gallery workshops and learning activities to different communities who otherwise would not have ready access.
NG200: Jeremy Deller’s Triumph of Art
A national public art commission, celebrating 200 years of the National Gallery – showing how festivals are a part of art, culture and civic-life, and how art and artists can be catalysts of collaboration and joy.
NG200: 200 Creators
We will collaborate with 200 social media creators from across the UK, celebrating 200 years of the Gallery being a beacon of creativity.
NG200: Behind the Scenes
A new online film series that takes viewers behind the scenes of the National Gallery creating a continuous micro documentary that engages people with key aspects of the NG200 programme.
NG200: 200 Paintings for 200 Years
We open the door to the entire history of a painting, in one place, sharing the wealth of the National Gallery’s research, digitally available for everyone, everywhere, anytime.
NG200: The Virtual Gallery
We will create a new, large-scale digital Gallery experience for the Bicentenary, available via our website.
NG200: Summer on the Square
A festival in Trafalgar Square, programmed with and for children, young people and their families to engage new and diverse audiences. Designed to unlock the nation's creativity and bring the collection to the streets of Westminster.
NG200: Van Gogh
An exhibition featuring a stunning array of the artist’s most important and well-loved works alongside paintings from private collections never seen in public before. The first major Van Gogh show in the UK since 2010, it promises to be the most spectacular, and comes exactly 100 years after the Gallery acquired 'Van Gogh’s Chair' and 'Sunflowers' (both painted in 1888).
NG200: 14th century Siena
The first ever full-scale exhibition of early Sienese art outside Italy. An opportunity to see some of Europe’s earliest and most exquisite paintings ever produced. Be there for the beginning of art history…
NG200: National Gallery Stories
The story of the National Gallery and the people who have played a part in its 200-year history, delivered through a series of digital experiences that will create new personal connections with the collection.
A suite of capital projects designed by a team led by Selldorf Architects that will benefit all those who visit the Gallery. Sensitive interventions to our building will reshape the National Gallery for its third century and the next generation of visitors. A transformation of the Sainsbury Wing entrance, the public realm and visitor amenities along with a new Supporters' House and a new Research Centre, will provide a more inspiring and sustainable experience for our millions of visitors every year. We are also planning to transform our Learning Centre, allowing us to be far more ambitious with our educational offer and become the nation’s art classroom.
NG200: The Main Event
A dramatic redisplay of the entire National Gallery Collection. This will be visitor-focussed with a new emphasis on thematic displays, pairings and surprising ‘artistic conversations’ within a broadly chronological framework.
NG200: Sunflowers Surprise
We’re making some very exciting plans for one of our most popular and well-loved paintings - Van Gogh’s 'Sunflowers' (1888) - as part of our national anniversary celebrations. More to come soon….
NG200: National Treasures
12 simultaneous exhibitions opening on the same day – 10 May 2024 – at 12 museums and galleries across the 12 regions of the four nations of the UK, and each centred around a National Treasure. More than half the UK population will be within an hour’s journey of a National Gallery masterpiece.
Help make history
NG200 is our most ambitious campaign ever, and we need your help to make it happen. We have until our Bicentenary to raise the final £10 million towards our total project costs – and each contribution is vital.
From 23 October, every donation in support of NG200 will be matched pound for pound up to the value of £3 million thanks to a group of generous donors. As a charity, we depend on your generosity to make this festival of art possible and ensure our building can continue to provide a world-class welcome for all.
The National Gallery is more than a collection – it is a living history of which every visitor forms a part. Support us today and be part of the chapter that will shape our future for generations to come.
Our thanks to you
We are extremely grateful to everyone who supports NG200 for their commitment to our shared future. If you donate £20 or more today, you will have the rare opportunity for your name to be included as part of a temporary display in our refurbished Gallery from spring 2025.
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