Who Are Stanley’s Friends ? 

We are a group of supporters who help to promote, run, and raise funds for the gallery. There are plenty of ways to get involved and you can do as much or as little as you like.

  • Our subscriptions help to finance new acquisitions of works by Stanley Spencer, to contribute towards conservation costs and to improvements to gallery facilities.
  • Some of our supporters volunteer as custodians who welcome visitors and serve as guides.

The Stanley Spencer Gallery is a Charitable Trust with no endowment and is run entirely by volunteers, so the support of the Friends is vital to its success.

Why Become A Friend ?

Joining the Friends is a great way to learn more about Stanley Spencer’s work, his life and times, and to meet like-minded people. Friends benefit from free admission to all the Gallery’s exhibitions and from invitations to special events. Special Friends’ events include exhibition previews, outings to other art galleries and places of artistic or architectural interest, and an annual talk and meeting each March. A quarterly newsletter keeps Friends up-to-date on what is happening in the Gallery and on upcoming events.

How Do I Become A Friend ?

It is easy to join and excellent value too. Please download an application form here or ask for one at the Gallery. When joining, please consider making your subscription eligible for Gift Aid by completing the declaration on the form.

Two year subscriptions: £15.00 single / £30.00 doubles – or five-year subscription £30.00 single / £50.00 doubles.

2019 Events

In the footsteps of Stanley Spencer Wed 16 – Sun 27 October 11am – 4pm
At the Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere, Hampshire, there will be an exhibition by Jen Gash (Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018) of work inspired by the landscapes of Macedonia. 
Stanley’s Salonika  Sandham Memorial Chapel Sat 19 October 4.15pm – 5.45pm
Jen Gash talks about her experiences painting the landscapes of Macedonia
Holy Box chapel talk  Sandham Memorial Chapel Mon 4 November 11am – 1pm
Hear about the origins of Stanley Spencer’s ‘Holy Box’ and explore this incredible series of paintings. Tickets for talk: £8
Entrance to the chapel is free to National Trust members. Booking is essential for both talks. Further details are available on the National Trust website:
A Swan Upping evening at the Stanley Spencer Gallery Wed 27 November 7pm
David Barber, the Queen’s Swan Marker, will talk about the Swan Upping ceremony, and Ann Danks will talk about Spencer’s paintings at this exclusive event for Friends of the Gallery. The talk is free, but booking is essential –
Drawings by Sir Stanley Spencer and family  Thur 21 November – Sun 15 December
Studio+Gallery, Seaford, East Sussex. This special Christmas exhibition features some 30 drawings by Stanley Spencer and members of his family, loaned from a private collection. Further information is available on the website: https://studioplusgallery.com/stanley-spencer/
The winter issue of our quarterly newsletter will be published in December.