The Capital Project

Reviving an Artist’s Birthplace: A National Centre for Gainsborough

Gainsborough’s House has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure a neighbouring property for a major expansion to transform the museum into the national centre for Thomas Gainsborough that the collection and the artist merits.  Gainsborough is one of the most significant figures in world art. He was a founder of the Royal Academy and his portraiture and landscape painting were critical in developing the national school of British painting.

The project seeks to bring to life the art and passions of Gainsborough to inspire a new generation of visitors.  It will create a leading exhibition and dynamic cultural venue on the international art museum map.

The project will cost approximately £7.5m and we are aiming to raise an additional £1m endowment to provide further financial security for the long-term.  We are gathering as much support as possible towards a Stage 1 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  We have received a number of lead gifts, every new gift will count as match funds in support of the bid.

If you would like to support the capital project please contact Mark Bills by email or 01787 372958