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Leave a Legacy

A Gift that changes lives

Dulwich Picture Gallery was built in 1811 when a miner’s daughter left a gift in her will. This gift would change the way the world viewed art forever.

Margaret Desenfans and our two founding fathers, Noël Desenfans  and Francis Bourgeois, were ahead of their time. They understood the benefits that access to art offers people of all ages and backgrounds, rather than it being the privilege of the few.

Despite being the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery and a building of national importance, we receive no core government funding. Only 24% of the Gallery’s annual income is raised from ticket sales and we have to raise around £2million per year to keep the doors open.

We want to secure the Gallery for another 200 years as a welcoming, vibrant hub where everybody can Find themselves in Art, engaging as many people as possible through our creative programme.

To do so, we need collaborators who share the vision of our founders and want to become part of one of the nation’s most special legacy.

Why leave a Gift in your Will?

No Will; No Legacy

A Gift in a Will costs nothing now but will have an effect for years to come, as well as offering tax benefits for charitable giving. 

Your Gift can …

• Be taken off the value of your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated.
• Reduce your Inheritance Tax rate, if more than 10% of your estate is left to charity.
• Protect an irreplaceable building and collection.
• Support groundbreaking work to change lives through art, working with older people, local communities, people with dementia, families, young adults and school children.
• Enhance knowledge and understanding of our Collection through research and restoration.
• Care for our beautiful grounds so they can be enjoyed by everyone for centuries to come.
• Deliver world-class revelatory exhibitions.

How your gift can help…

Size doesn’t matter: Big or small, every gift that is left to us makes a difference in a lasting way. See our Legacy Ladder of Giving for some examples of what your gift could do.

Where the need is greatest :

Every aspect of our work is supported by the generosity of wonderful individuals.

Leaving a gift to ‘wherever the need is greatest’ allows us to direct our own income.

We promise that every gift is put to the most effective use, with care, respect and sensitivity.

We are always happy to discuss how your gift could help.

Remember a loved one

Making a donation in memory of a loved one can be a particularly meaningful way to celebrate their life.

We have a number of ways that allow you to remember them in a special way. We would be happy discuss any ideas that you may have, but at present we can offer:

• Named benches in our beautiful grounds: £5000
• Name a tree: £10-15,000
• Named Flagstones in our cloister: £25,000
• You can adopt a painting or contribute its conservation. We would be pleased to talk to you in more detail about this.

Why let us know?

• We would like to keep our legacy pledgers involved in Gallery life, updating them with the many goings on, including details on conservation, future exhibitions, public programming, community projects and learning initiatives, as they evolve and touch more and more lives.
• Notifying us of your wishes does not obligate you in any way, but it does help us make important plans for the future.
• Conservation is an ongoing responsibility that benefits from forward planning and prioritising both our income strands and funding applications.
• Many of our learning and community projects run and need support over a number of years.

Notifying us of your wishes does not obligate you in any way, but it does help us make important plans for the future.

Conservation is an ongoing responsibility that benefits from forward planning and prioritising both our income strands and funding applications.

Many of our learning and community projects run and need support over a number of years.

We are available to chat confidentially about remembering the Gallery in your Will, or you can download a statement of intent and email it to legacy@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk. Click here for more contact details.

Download the Statement of Intent form

What you need to know

• You may be eligible to receive a reduction in inheritance tax if you leave a gift to Dulwich Picture Gallery.
• It’s easy: You can find a qualified solicitor in your local area using the Law Society website.
• Every year there are opportunities with Free Wills Months to help make writing a will easier. You can find out more on the Free Will Website.
• We recommend that you consult with a Solicitor, not the Charity, to ensure that your Will is legally binding and reflects your intentions.

Further information about writing a Will

You can find more resources to help you in this decision here.

Contact Us

If you would like to talk to us in confidence about Gifts in Wills or Gifts in Memory, you can contact us on 020 8299 8724 or email legacy@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can write to us at:
Development Office
Dulwich Picture Gallery
London
SE21 7AD

Legacy Ladder of Giving:

£45 provides soft wrap packing materials to secure a painting has a safe and comfortable journey to a restorer.

£90 allows us to carry out analysis of three paint layer cross-sections on a painting in need of conserving, detecting vital clues for its restoration.

£200 allows a British Sign Language interpreter to engage with our deaf community.

£400 pays for an expert conservator to condition-check 10 works in our Collection, discovering any vital restoration needs.

£500 enables us to work for one day with 30 school children who would not normally be able to visit a gallery, and thus fos­ter critical thinking, creative skills and a love of art.

£1000 enables us to provide three creative workshops for adults with dementia, providing a sensory experience in a welcoming and safe environment.

£2,000 Forget the Batmobile it’s all about the Artmobile! £2000 allows socially isolated adults a creative arts experience and the chance to socialise.

£3000 lets us work with 180 school children, fostering critical thinking, creative skills and a love of art for life.

£5,704 maintains our beautiful grounds for a year so that they can be enjoyed by everyone.

£6000 allows us to open our doors after hours with two Free Gallery Lates, creating fun ways to discover our collection and welcome new visitors.

£10,000 pays for a week of hands-on workshops with young people who may never have visited a Gallery before.

£30,000 pays for vital conservation work on one picture in our Collection, bringing it back to life, revealing its secrets and protecting it for future generations.

£250,000 secures an exciting and revelatory exhibition, permitting us to carry on bringing acclaimed displays to our community and audiences to enjoy.