Become a Friend and support your gallery

Our Friends membership allows you to attend inspiring talks, private tours, workshops and previews, and enjoy 10% off in the gallery shop and café.

Your support keeps the gallery free and helps us to create exhibitions and programmes that positively impact the lives of local people and encourage our littlest visitors to achieve their full potential.

Join in the gallery shop or on our website and let’s be Friends!

You can’t put a price on friendship, of course, but ours is just £36 a year.

Thank you for giving back!

Discover What’s On for Friends.

Join Manchester Art Gallery Friends and support your gallery

Treat someone to the gift of Friendship

Our new Friends membership gift boxes are full of gallery goodies to unwrap, and includes priority booking for previews; exclusive access to online and in person events; and an all year round 10% discount in our shop and café, so they can treat you back too!

Boxes begin at £45 for an individual gift membership or £68 for a joint gift membership for two people.

Picture depicting items within the Friends gift boxes; including the Collection book, a Manchester Art Gallery pencil, and two postcards.


What’s On for Friends

Senior Creative Lead Tour

Thursday 14th December 202315:00pm – 17:00pm Manchester Art Gallery
Only for Manchester Art Gallery Friends

Join Manchester Art Gallery’s Senior Creative Lead Dr Inbal Livne in her tour summarising the upcoming works in the gallery and our bicentenary celebrations, followed by festive refreshments.

Become a Friend to attend


Friends FAQs

Can I give more than £36 per year?

Yes, you can give as much as you like. A year’s membership starts at £36, but you can also become a Best Friend, or even a Patron, and add as much as you like to your memberships as an additional donation.

Can Friends Get Involved in Volunteering?

We couldn’t do what we do at the gallery without volunteers. Whether delivering guided Friends tours of our collections and exhibitions; supporting, and taking part in, our popular online talks; or assisting other gallery departments, our volunteers help the gallery on a daily basis.

Let’s Be Friends

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If you have any further questions about membership please email our Friends Coordinator at [email protected]