The Friends of York Art Gallery Welcome You!
The Friends of York Art Gallery was founded in 1948, and it recorded its first contribution to an acquisition for the York Art Gallery collection in 1949 when ‘Samson and Delilah’ (1642) by Pieter Soutman was purchased for £160!
In the following 69 years the Friends have contributed in excess of £600,000 to the acquisition of more than 150 works of art including paintings, drawings, photography, film, sculpture and ceramics, and the conservation or restoration of a wide variety of works in the Gallery collection. A selection of the art to which the Friends have contributed appears in the scroll on this ‘HOME’ page.
Many of the acquisitions during these decades exceeded the budget of the Friends, but the financial contribution from the Friends has proven to be crucial to attracting financial support, that is the balance of the acquisition cost, from other sources such as Philanthropic Societies, the Art Fund or Heritage Lottery. Demonstrating ‘local’ support is a key role that the Friends can play!
An important source of funding is bequests left to this charity by Friends and those in the community who want to help ensure the future of York Art Gallery. Additionally, significant sources of revenue include the annual membership subscriptions, and profits from the Gallery Dines Out luncheons, always popular, tours and some lectures, such as the annual CoCA lecture.
An annual grant is made to sponsor MA Scholars (History of Art) at University of York. In the ‘Publications’ section you will find copies of the Scholars annual reports to the Friends on their research. We also contribute to local primary school initiatives in partnership with York Art Gallery and York Civic trust.