Membership: Your support makes a difference

Stylised, semi-abstract painting of yellow crabs against a blue and grey background.
Anne Yeats (1919-2001), Crayfish, 20th century. © Estate of Anne Yeats, DACS London/IVARO Dublin, 2021. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.Credit

By becoming a Friend or a Patron 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.

Read on to discover the exhibitions and acquisitions that the Friends and Patrons have recently supported.

2021 support


In 2021, the Friends supported the exhibition companion book for Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory. Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of Ireland’s most important artists, this exhibition explores the role of memory in Jack B. Yeats’s life and work. The book is on sale in the Gallery Shop, online and in store.

Portrait of a young girl wearing a white communion dress, headdress and veil.
John Lavery (1856-1941), Her First Communion (detail), 1901-1902. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.Credit


In 2018, the Friends and Patrons contributed towards the acquisition of a stunning portrait by John Lavery (1856–1941): Her First Communion, 1901–1902.

In 2017, Anne Yeats’s painting Crayfish (illustrated at the top of the page) was purchased for the national collection with support from the Friends and Patrons.

Both artworks were displayed in the exhibition New Perspectives. Acquisitions 2011–2020 (10 May–2 August 2021).


Past exhibitions and research support

An oil painting of a Brazilian landscape with Brazilian animals in the foreground, and sugar mill buildings in the middleground with enslaved people working.
Frans Post (1612–1680), Brazilian Landscape, 1660s
Visitors to Margaret Clarke: An Independent Spirit. © National Gallery of Ireland.
Margaret Clarke: An Independent Spirit


The striking 2019 exhibition Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios and the fascinating 2018 exhibition Curious Creatures: Frans Post and Brazil were both supported by the Friends.


Friends support made it possible to publish a book to accompany the 2018 exhibition Making Their Mark: Irish Painter-Etchers and the Etching Revival, as well as the publication for Margaret Clarke: An Independent Spirit in 2017.

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