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.

2020 Events

Gallery talk by Jen Gash 
Friday 17 January at 7.30pm

Jen Gash, Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, will be giving a talk at the Gallery entitled ‘In the footsteps of Stanley Spencer’ (or ‘My imaginary relationship with Stanley’).

This event is fully booked.

Annual General Meeting

This year’s AGM will take place on Friday 27 March at the Odney Club in Cookham.

Our guest speaker is the writer, curator and lecturer, David Boyd Haycock.  David is the author of several books, including A Crisis of Brilliance, a group biography of the artists Paul Nash, Mark Gertler, Dora Carrington, Stanley Spencer and C.R.W. Nevinson, all of whom were students together at the Slade School of Art in London.

David’s talk at our meeting will focus on life drawing, the Slade and of course Spencer, as well as some other earlier Slade artists such as Augustus and Gwen John, William Orpen, Ambrose McEvoy and Wyndham Lewis.
The talk will begin at 8pm. Coffee and tea will be served from 7.30pm. There is no charge; all Friends of the Gallery are invited to attend, and you are welcome to bring your friends and family members along too.

The spring edition of our quarterly newsletter will be published in March.