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Trusts and foundations

The National Gallery greatly appreciates the invaluable support of charitable trusts and foundations.

Grants from trusts and foundations help to underpin a wide range of our work, including painting acquisitions, learning programmes, exhibitions and specialist posts.

The National Gallery is grateful to the many trusts and foundations that have supported our work in the past and continue to support our work today. Without their vision and investment, many key projects, from major building works to outreach programmes and the purchase of state-of-the-art scientific equipment would not have been possible. 

Contact us

If you would like to know more about how trusts and foundations can support the work of the National Gallery, please contact:

Rickie Burman, Development Manager – Trusts and Foundations

Tel: 020 7747 5923


A list of our current supporters can be found in the Annual Review.

Recent projects

Building projects – The Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation

Thanks to a generous grant award from the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation, the National Gallery's 19th-century and Impressionist galleries (Rooms 41 to 46) are to undergo a major renovation.

The Award, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the philanthropy of the late Maurice and Vivienne Wohl, will fund extensive works to renew and replace the gallery roofs, refurbish the galleries and improve environmental and lighting conditions. These improvements will be vital to ensure that the Gallery’s internationally significant collection of works by artists including Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Degas, Cézanne and Van Gogh continues to be displayed in optimum conditions. The renovation work is due to complete in early 2017.

Exhibitions – The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation is a generous long-term supporter of the National Gallery’s Sunley Room exhibition programme. Support from the Sunley Foundation has enabled the Gallery to show a wide variety of exhibitions exploring different artists and themes. Richard Hamilton: The Late Works and Michael Landy: Saints Alive, both in 2013, presented new art work created in response to the Gallery’s collection. Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting encouraged visitors to consider how artists have represented architecture and reimagined physical spaces. 

The National Gallery is grateful to the Sunley Foundation for their enduring support.

Building the Picture Exhibition with Visitors
Visitors at the Building the Picture exhibition

Curatorial – The Art Fund

Thanks to the generosity of the Art Fund, we are able to offer talented art historians the opportunity to gain invaluable skills and experience working with curators here at the Gallery and to contribute to projects in regional museums and galleries.

As part of its National Programme, the Gallery employs two Curatorial Trainees who are in post for 22 months. During their tenure, they gain hands-on experience in all aspects of curatorial work at the Gallery, before taking up residency at two different regional museums, where they research and develop collection-based projects with a public outcome.

Eloise Donnelly and Helen Hillyard, Curatorial Trainees, photographed in the gallery.
The 2013/14 Curatorial Trainees Helen Hillyard (left) and Eloise Donnely (right)

Read more about our Curatorial Traineeships.