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Get closer to Dulwich Picture Gallery by joining the Desenfans Circle.

Become a Patron and enjoy exclusive access to our collections, curators and the Gallery’s dynamic exhibition programme. Support from our Patrons makes a vital contribution to our key Gallery projects and provides much-needed revenue towards our core costs.

Why support us?

We want to inspire people of all ages and help them create meaning and extract value from art.

We are committed to creating fresh, inventive ways of looking at our word-class collection of Old Masters and providing new perspectives on both admired and lesser-known artists through internationally acclaimed exhibitions. 

The gallery costs £4.9M* per year to open, operate, offer its artistic and community programmes and care for its collection. The Gallery’s income from ticket sales provide 22% of these costs and 48% must be raised from fundraising. Philanthropy is vital to our survival.

*Financial year: April 2016 - March 2017


Ways in which becoming a Patron helps the Gallery –

£1000 will purchase needed specialist conservation materials for our permanent collection

£2000 will allow us to run our Artmobile, connecting less mobile communities with the Gallery’s work

£3,600 pays for a conservator to condition check artworks as they arrive for an exhibition

£5000 will pay for a teacher-artist to deliver daily workshops to Southwark schools for three months

£10,000 pays for vital conservation work on a picture in our permanent collection

£100,000 keeps the Gallery secure for a year

Desenfans Circle

Levels of Support and benefits

Bronze: £1,250 per annum (benefits value £490 suggested donation £760) *

  • Unlimited admission to the Gallery to view the Permanent Collection and temporary exhibitions
  • Invitation to join the Gallery’s International Art Tour with special access to cultural treasures and private collections (additional cost applies)
  • Invitation to the annual Sackler Director’s Dinner
  • Invitations to VIP Private Views for each temporary exhibition
  • Updates from the Gallery throughout the year
  • Invitations to private visits at other arts institutions and organisations (costs apply) as available throughout the year
  • Acknowledgement of support on the Gallery website and in the Annual Review

Silver: £5,000 per annum (benefits value £780 suggested donation £4,220) *

Bronze plus:

  • Exclusive access to the Gallery’s Permanent Collection with private tour with a Curator or Conservator on a special subject of interest to you and your guests
  • Private specialist-led tour of our Permanent Collection or temporary exhibition
  • Complimentary exhibition catalogue for our temporary exhibitions
  • Invitation to intimate events at the Gallery and places of interest to hear from our curators on specialists subjects

Gold: £10,000 per annum (benefits value £780 suggested £9,220) *

Silver plus:

  • Acknowledgement of support within the Gallery
  • Education workshop provided by the Gallery’s Education Department for a school group of your choice
  • Access to accompany the Sackler Director or Curator to see some of the UK and Europe’s finest cultural organisations’ activities
  • Priority booking for your own private events in the Gallery, where you can hold a dinner for up to 120 people within the Gallery
  • Exhibition installation and insight tour looking into the work involved in displaying artworks

Joining at any level may be done by simply downloading and sending us a joining form. If you have any questions about membership please contact the Development Department on 020 8299 8726 or by emailing  and we will be happy to assist.

*We are obliged by HMRC to make it clear that all patron levels comprise of a benefits value that indicates the actual cost of the benefits provided. Patronage can be purchased at this price without the need to make a further donation and any amounts given over and above the benefits value are given freely as a philanthropic donation to Dulwich Picture Gallery and are eligible for Gift Aid. The Gift Aid we receive from all eligible donations truly does make a difference to the education, exhibition, and conservation programmes Dulwich Picture Gallery provides.