Here’s how our wonderful Patrons lend their support in various ways:
Christopher Lloyd, art historian, has given private lectures and exclusive gallery tours (including the Queen’s Gallery) to raise funds for us. Christopher also consults on the development of new Touch to See books including, A History of the World in 100 Objects and Contemporary Art Now.
Sir Timothy and Lady Sainsbury are long-time champions of Living Paintings, describing us as their “special charity”. In 2010 Sir Timothy Sainsbury hosted a fundraising event for us at Tate Britain – a private view of an Anthony Van Dyck exhibition.
In 2007 children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson became our Children’s Patron. Jacqueline’s love of the National Gallery was the inspiration behind our Touch to See book Painting Stories, as she loves to visit the gallery. Our tactile and audio book goes behind the scenes at the gallery, exploring the stories in the paintings and finding out about the jobs people do in the gallery. Jacqueline features in the book as a painted raised tactile picture and guides the listener around the gallery.