About the Friends

 Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland

The Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland is a self–funding cultural organisation with charitable status committed to promoting the Gallery and its collections. It aims to support the work of the Gallery and expand awareness and appreciation of the visual arts. 

Through a range of educational and social events, the Friends encourage interest in art and architecture generally, as well as an interest in the Gallery both in Ireland and abroad. A full listing of Friends events can be viewed here.

To date, Patrons have aided the Gallery in the purchase of several very important Irish paintings: That Grand Conversation was Under the Rose by Jack B. Yeats; the outright purchase of the self-portrait by James Latham and a contribution towards Portrait of a Young Gentleman in Rome by Hugh Douglas Hamilton; An Ideal Landscape by George Mullins; a self portrait by Francis Bindon; and An Italianate Wooded River Landscape, with Figures by a Tomb by James Forrester.  The most recent contribution has been towards the purchase of Faust’s First Sight of Marguerite by Frederic William Burton and Allegory by Mary Swanzy HRHA. 


The Friends Membership Desk is located in the Millennium Wing beside the Information Desk. The Friends Room and Office of the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland are located at No. 5 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2.

For further information contact:

Tel: +353 1 661 9877     Email: friends@ngi.ie