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The Courtauld Friends are an important part of our community of art lovers and leaders and enjoy a stand-out membership which includes both Courtauld and Somerset House benefits in one package.

You will be joining a truly unique organisation that makes an unparalleled impact on the visual arts worldwide. We train the leading art historians, gallery directors, conservators, academics and curators and influence society by stimulating new ideas and expertise.

Join the art movement today from just £55 and receive:

  • Free entry for you and a guest to The Courtauld Gallery collection and our exhibitions*
  • Priority booking for selected Courtauld lectures, debates and the annual festival of art history
  • Free entry for you and a guest to Somerset House Trust exhibitions and selected courtyard events
  • Invitations to selected Somerset House private views and launches; priority booking for Somerset House’s Skate, Summer Series and Film4 Summer Screen
  • Be the first to receive the programme for our sell-out art history short study courses
  • Invitations to exhibition previews, special events and The Courtauld summer party
  • Discounts in The Courtauld Shop (30% until closure on 2 September 2018); The Courtauld Café (20%) and online shop (15%)
  • Regular offers of free or discounted tickets from our arts partners, including Photo London and Masterpiece
  • Opportunities to share your opinion and review our unique collection
  • A monthly e-newsletter and annual magazine

We will send a membership pack and permanent card as soon as possible but aim for within 10 working days.

“Knowing I am contributing to the ongoing support of The Courtauld, and being able to visit exceptional works of art and exhibitions at my leisure, made it irresistible”

Bill Nighy – On why he joined as a Friend


“As a longstanding Friend, The Courtauld continues to surprise me with world-class exhibitions, eye-opening lectures and wonderful events.”

Judith Mitchel, Friend

Why not buy a Courtauld Friends gift membership for a colleague, friend or family member this year? With all the benefits as mentioned above but in particular the new enhanced ones such as free access for yourself and a guest to Somerset House Trust exhibitions, priority booking for selected Courtauld lectures, debates and the annual festival of art history, and for Somerset House’s Skate, the Summer Series and Film4 Summer Screen, this is a great membership.

*In Autumn 2018, The Courtauld Gallery will undergo a major transformation to significantly enhance its displays and facilities and be closed to the public.

The National Gallery will display Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne (17 September 2018 – 20 January 2019) in a major exhibition this autumn. Following this show, a selection of our paintings will travel to the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris for another exhibition The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism (20 February – 17 June 2019). Special paintings will also be loaned to local galleries across the UK and be on free display. Friends will continue to get access to our world-class collection through special trips and visits and will be the first to see the new Courtauld Gallery in all its splendor.

Find out more about our transformation project: Courtauld Connects.

Play your part in enriching society

Your support helps us fulfil our mission to make art available to all. We can enrich more lives through outreach programmes, train more future leaders and generate more ground-breaking research. Thank-you.

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