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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.

Join this truly unique organisation that makes an unparalleled impact on the visual arts worldwide. Your contribution to The Courtauld helps us to train the leading art historians and gallery directors such as Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, and Kaywin Feldwan (MA1991). We also train renowned conservators who work as far as China, academics and curators and influence society by stimulating new ideas and expertise.

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

  • Unlimited and free gallery entry
  • Priority booking, members’ previews and members’ hours during temporary exhibitions
  • Opportunities to meet and mingle with The Courtauld community including at our annual Members’ Day
  • Priority booking and discounts for Courtauld events including the Summer Party
  • Special access to an intimate programme of member and alumni live and digital events, including interviews with leading alumni, academics, curators and senior Courtauld staff
  • Special offers, discounts and access to the Art café, Courtauld shop and Courtauld online
  • Regular offers from art partners including Art Fair entry
  • Monthly e-newsletter and yearly magazine.

Due to current circumstances brought about by Covid-19 we are unable to send out membership packs, however, we will endeavour to get these to you as soon as physically possible.

“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 Mitchell, Friend

Courtauld Friends Gift Membership

Buy a Courtauld Friends gift membership for a colleague, friend or family member. With all the above benefits such as free access for the Friend and a guest to Somerset House Trust exhibitions; priority booking for selected Courtauld lectures, debates and the annual festival of art history, our annual summer party and for Somerset House’s Skate, the Summer Series and Film4 Summer Screen, this is a great membership.

*The Courtauld Gallery is now closed for a major transformation Courtauld Connects. During this period many of  our paintings are on show in the UK and abroad: The National Gallery will display Courtauld paintings in a separate room The Courtauld at the National Gallery (again from early 2020). Special paintings will also be loaned to local galleries across the UK and be on free display such as our travelling Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld and Radical Drawing: Works from Coventry and The Courtauld.

From 10 September to 15 December 2019 The Courtauld Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism exhibition was hosted at The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo; from 3 January to 15 March 2020 in the Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya; then from 28 March to 21 June 2020 ending in Kobe. 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 splendour.

Play your part in enriching society

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

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