Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
FRIENDS OF BIRMINGHAM MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERY
Since 1931, the Association of Friends has supported Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BMAG) by raising money to help finance BMAG’s acquisitions. Some Members also volunteer their services as researchers, cataloguers and administrators (to name but a few) on a range of BMAG projects.
The Friends give around £25,000 a year to BMAG, raised through subscriptions, events and outings, and donations.
This money goes towards everything from buying and commissioning new works, to funding important development programmes, such as Aston Hall, Soho House, Blakesley Hall and the Birmingham History Galleries.
The money donated has also been instrumental in levering much larger sums of external funding (from bodies such as the V & A Purchase Fund, the Art Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and local charities) for acquisitions and development. In making these outside approaches, it is helpful for BMAG to demonstrate the positive support of a dedicated and hard working Friends’ Association. As a Registered Charity, the Friends are able to act as a channel for substantial donations towards major purchases and exhibitions.
The Friends occasionally commission works by both established and young artists and craftspeople and have helped BMAG develop the collection of Contemporary Art.
Why not become a patron of The Arts and support Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery by joining The Friends?
You will enjoy many benefits, including the quarterly Artefacts magazine and become part of a lively social circle that enjoys exclusive events and activities all year round.