Membership: Your support makes a difference

Installation view of the exhibition Margaret Clarke: An Independent Spirit in the National Gallery of Ireland, 2017.
Image © National Gallery of Ireland. Photographer: Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project, 2017.Credit

By becoming a Friend you are helping the Gallery to acquire works to enrich the national collection, to display world-class exhibitions, and to expand awareness and appreciation of the visual arts.

Thanks to recent growth in membership, the Friends have been in a position to support the following Gallery exhibitions and acquisitions.

Black and white etching of people in the gallery of a theatre looking down.

2019 Support

In 2019, the Friends, along with Trinity College Dublin, supported the exhibition catalogue for Making Their Mark: Irish Painter-Etchers and the Etching Revival. The Friends have also supported the exhibition Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios

2018 Support

In 2018, the Friends supported the engaging exhibition Curious Creatures: Frans Post and Brazil

An oil painting of a Brazilian landscape with Brazilian animals in the foreground, and sugar mill buildings in the middleground with enslaved people working.
Detail from John Lavery's 'Her First Communion'.

2018 Support (continued)

Also in 2018, the Friends contributed towards the acquisition of a stunning portrait by John Lavery (1856-1941): Her First Communion, 1902.

Read more about this portrait here

2017 Support

In 2017, the Friends supported the catalogue for the critically-acclaimed exhibition Margaret Clarke: An Independent SpiritAlso that year, Anne Yeats’s painting Crayfish was purchased for the national collection with support from the Friends.

Niamh MacNally in the Print Gallery. © National Gallery of Ireland.

Contact us

If you have any questions about membership of the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland

contact the Friends team on

+353 (0) 1 661 9877 or [email protected]