Become a Friend

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"Thanks for the brilliant programme of lectures and events and the warm welcome of all the Friends and Gallery staff. I have gained a much deeper understanding of the Gallery and its amazing Collection. It has also been a fascinating insight into the contemporary art world and some of the dedicated, professional work behind the scenes."

Paul Brotherton, Best Friend

Make more of art

You don’t have to know a lot about art to enjoy being a Friend. Or you may have an interest you’d like to explore in a bit more depth.

From as little as £24 a year, you can benefit from:

  • Free admission to charging exhibitions
  • A special welcome tour with other new Friends
  • Invitations each year to selected previews of our exhibitions before they open to the public
  • The chance to buy tickets to Friends-only events, such as talks by artists and curators

Become a Best Friend

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Get closer to Manchester Art Gallery – become a Best Friend

For a little more each month, becoming a Best Friend gives you extra benefits that will bring you closer to the heart of the gallery.

Becoming a Best Friend gives you:

All the benefits of a Friend plus:

  • The chance to buy tickets to three Limited Edition events per year, including ‘up close’ opportunities to see our conservation work in action and handle objects from our collections
  • Insight into contemporary art through events run by our specialist contemporary art curator

Payment options

You can join our Friends scheme online or pay your subscription by cheque or by Direct Debit. Paying by Direct Debit costs less than if you pay by cheque because it generates less administration – your membership simply keeps going until you stop it, rather than us having to send you renewal letters.

You can join as an individual, or you can take out a joint membership with someone living at the same address.

For an extra £2 you can also buy a year-long discount which entitles you to a 20% discount in our shop and a 10% discount in our cafe.

  Friends Best Friends
Direct Debit    
Single £24 £48
Joint £40 £80
Cheque or Card    
Single £30 £60
Joint £50 £100

The Direct Debit Guarantee

This Guarantee should be retained by the customer

  • This Guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies that take part in the Direct Debit Scheme. The efficiency and security of the scheme is monitored and protected by your own Bank or Building Society
  • If the amounts to be paid or the payment dates change, Manchester Art Gallery Friends will notify you ten working days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed
  • If an error is made by Manchester Art Gallery Friends or your Bank or Building Society you are guaranteed a full and immediate refund from your branch for the full amount
  • You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by writing to your Bank or Building Society. Please send a copy of your letter to Manchester Art Gallery friends

Join the Friends by downloading the application form here. Please post the completed form to:

Friends and Events Coordinator
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
M2 3JL

Any questions?

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us:
Tel: 0161 235 8814

Join online now

Friends looking at a painting
Purchase Manchester Art Gallery Friends membership online.

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Curater talking to Corporate Members
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