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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 at the National Gallery, Dr Nicholas Cullinan at the National Portrait Gallery and Mr Luke Syson at the Fitzwilliam Museum, of the world. 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 free entry for Courtauld Friend to the National Gallery’s ‘Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne’ exhibition (until 20 Jan 2019)
  • Unlimited free entry for Courtauld Friend and a guest to all Somerset House Trust exhibitions including Charlie Brown (until 3 Mar 2019)
  • Priority booking for selected Courtauld lectures, debates and the annual festival of art history
  • Invitations to selected Somerset House private views and launches
  • Priority booking for Somerset House’s Skate, Summer Series and Film4 Summer Screen
  • Be one of the first to receive the programme for our sell-out art history short study courses
  • Invitations to Friends special events and The Courtauld summer party
  • Regular offers of free or discounted tickets from our arts partners, including Photo London and Masterpiece
  • A monthly e-newsletter and an annual magazine

We will send a membership pack and 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 Mitchell, Friend

Courtauld Friends Gift Membership

Buy a Courtauld Friends gift membership for a colleague, friend or family member this  festive season. With all the above benefits such as free access for the Friend to Courtauld Impressionists (until 20 January 2019) at the National Gallery and for the Friend and a guest to Somerset House Trust exhibitions including Good Grief, Charlie Brown! (until 3 March 2019), 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.

*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 Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne (until 20 January 2019) in a major exhibition while the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris is putting on an exhibition The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism next year (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.

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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