The Friends play a vital role in The Courtauld’s 75th anniversary celebrations
The Friends have played a major role in marking the 75th anniversary, by funding the project to refresh The Courtauld’s visual identity. This new look can be seen on all the Institute’s publications, including this newsletter, the prospectus, membership brochures and our new website. Thank you to all Friends for your support – we hope you like the results which will significantly improve our communications about The Courtauld!

The Friends are also supporting many other areas of The Courtauld’s work in 2007/8, including the exhibition Walter Sickert: The Camden Town Nudes, the salary of Courtauld Gallery Conservator, Graeme Barraclough, and four scholarships for MA and PhD students. Our events this year will include opportunities to see first-hand how these grants have made a difference to The Courtauld. We wish the four Friends scholars – Laura Harford, Per Rumberg, Alexandra Sage Mehta and Abigail Shapiro – well in their studies this year.

Samuel Courtauld Society
To commemorate the 75th anniversary, we have launched a new higher-level membership for the Friends, the Samuel Courtauld Society. This Society offers enhanced benefits and a more in-depth relationship with The Courtauld to individuals who are able to provide greater financial support (starting at £500 a year). We are thrilled that membership has doubled in the past year to almost 50!

We have a wonderful programme of exclusive Samuel Courtauld Society events planned. A particular highlight is a day trip to Liverpool on 30 November where we will be joined by distinguished alumni for a guided tour of The Walker Gallery and the Turner Prize at Tate Liverpool. Other events include a private view of The Courtauld’s rare book collection and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at The Courtauld’s decorative arts in our new store.

For information
Tel 020 7848 2194

Friends Membership Leaps by 20%!
Friends membership has increased by 20% over the past year and we hope the new membership materials and improved benefits, including discounts in The Courtauld Gallery shop and café, will attract new members in the anniversary year. The introduction of a Friends recruitment desk in The Gallery has helped improve the visibility of the Friends. Thank you to all the volunteers who are to staff the desk and recruit new members. While one of the attractions of the Friends is its intimacy, we think there is room to increase our numbers.

We are pleased to announce that all Courtauld alumni are now entitled to a 20% discount on their annual Friends membership – £40 a year instead of £50! By joining as a Friend, you not only support The Courtauld but also receive benefits including free entry to the Gallery, a full programme of events and discounts in the shop and café.

To find out more about Friends’ benefits or to become a Friend, pick up a new Friends leaflet in the Gallery or visit where you can apply for membership online.

Friends’ Events Highlights
In the spring and summer many of our Friends, alumni and students listened to a talk on William Hogarth in relation to the art of 18th-century France by our alumnus and Courtauld Association Chairman Robin Simon. They also enjoyed, despite the damp weather, an architectural walk in Canary Wharf looking at the latest city buildings with alumna Anna Fenn. At the home of the late Virginia and Stephen Courtauld, Eltham Palace, the Friends enjoyed the Art Deco house and lush gardens. Caroline Campbell, Curator of the exhibition Temptation in Eden: Lucas Cranach’s Adam and Eve, explored with us the meaning of this masterpiece. Most recently, John Newman, former Reader at the Courtauld, enlightened a large group about Somerset House and its history.

Kate Knight
head of individual giving programmes