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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, both in London, and Kay Feldwin (MA1991), the first ever female Director of The National Gallery of Art, Washington, 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 and a guest to all Somerset House Trust exhibitions including Get Up, Stand Up Now (12 June – 15 September 2019)
  • Priority booking for selected Courtauld lectures, debates and the annual festival of art history (26 April 2019)
  • 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 (24 July 2019)
  • 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. With all the above benefits such as free access for the Friend and a guest to Somerset House Trust exhibitions including Get Up, Stand Up Now (12 June – 15 September 2019), priority booking for selected Courtauld lectures, debates and the annual festival of art history (26 April 2019), our annual summer party (24 July 2019) 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 (until 19 April 2020) while the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris has currently an exhibition The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism (until 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 splendour.

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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