Gainsborough's House, the museum and gallery at the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough
In the last ten years Gainsborough's House has undergone a major transformation. The House has been restored and extended with new visitor facilities - a shop and coffee shop, an education room, study gallery and more exhibition space. In a corner of the charming gardens is the Gainsborough's House Print Workshop recognised as one of the best facilities in the country and is used by over 100 local artists who produce original artwork in a variety of print mediums. In 2011, Gainsborough's House received over 18,000 visitors and audience numbers are still growing. We rely on the support of over 200 volunteers as well as gifts of all sizes from individuals, trusts, foundations and organisations. With your help we will be able to continue to preserve the birthplace of one of England's greatest artists and develop new and exciting ways to Bring the Story to Life.
Gainsborough's House relies on the contribution of all kinds of people to make its work a success: its paid staff, its Trustees, freelancers, Friends, advisors, and its Volunteers. While some of this support comes in the form of gifts or subscriptions, it is the amount of unpaid voluntary time given to us by many different people that is invaluable. At all times the museum requires two people in the building to act as invigilators, for insurance purposes, to ensure that exhibits are secure and to welcome and inform visitors. There are also opportunities to assist in many other ways including educational activities, exhibitions, installation and serving in the coffee shop. Volunteers receive regular mailings inviting them to private views and to inform them of activities in the House. Quarterly meetings allow the staff talk to volunteers about developments within the society and is an opportunity for volunteers to get together.
The Friends of Gainsborough's House support this unique museum through becoming members of Gainsborough's House Society. The Friends organise a lively programme of special events, gallery talks and museum visits. You will be invited to Private Views and will receive regular information on all Friends and House activities. As Members, Friends can visit at any time free of charge during opening hours and enjoy the coffee shop and terrace in the charming garden, Sudbury's best meeting place. The Friends patron, Maggi Hambling, is a major British artist whose work can be seen in important public and private collections. True to her Suffolk roots, her recent sculpture at Aldeburgh commemorates Benjamin Britten and her seascapes emphasise her artistic relationship with the county. Gainsborough's House is proud to enjoy the patronage of an artist with such special links to Sudbury.
For information about the patrons scheme please contact email@example.com or 01787 372958