The National Portrait Gallery promotes the understanding and appreciation of not only portraits, but those artists who have contributed to British history and culture through way of art. According to the web site, the aim of the organization is “to bring history to life through its extensive display, exhibition, research, learning, outreach, publishing and digital programmes.” This national museum looks to be at the foreground of portraiture research and bringing understanding to its visitors and the media.
The Gallery was established in 1856 and currently has the world’s most extensive collection of portraits. The Collection is in London with several other other locations throughout the United Kingdom.
Why is the National Portrait Gallery of Interest to Catherine?
It is no secret that Catherine has a deep rooted understanding of the arts and as she studied history of art at St. Andrews in Scotland. The National Portrait Gallery aims to promote the history of art and how portraiture has greatly impacted British culture and history. Catherine will make the perfect Royal Patron for an organization such as this since not only does she have an understanding for the cause, but it is ingrained into who she is; Catherine will be able to speak from the heart on behalf of the gallery.
The National Portrait Gallery depends on the support of not only its Members and benefactors, but individual visitors, trust and other foundations. The gallery funds 60% of the operational funds and asks for donations to keep this piece of history open and available to all who wish to visit.
As an individual supporter, you can become a Member, Associate or Patron of the gallery to provide continual support of its legacy, all the while enjoying exclusive benefits. The National Portrait Gallery also accepts gifts of all sizes from its visitors as well as help with conservation. Corporations, foundations and trusts can also pledge their help. To find out more, please visit the support page on the web site.
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