Patrons & 1912 Club

Be closer to art in Leeds

Alan Bennett writes:
I first went to Leeds Art Gallery as a boy. It was during the War when the pictures had been largely evacuated to Temple Newsam where I was happy to take the tram and follow them. That was the beginning of a lifetime’s pleasure and inspiration that I've found in the galleries of Leeds. So now I make this appeal only partly for those who love art and support the arts in Leeds but for a boy or girl like myself all those years ago who wanders into the art gallery not quite knowing what it's about. More than ever these days children like that need all the help we can give them.


Members are invited to become Patrons for an annual subscription of £1,000 a year, or £500 a year to become a member of the 1912 Club (payable annually, quarterly or monthly)

Membership is personal and valid for the named member and one guest.
Please complete the downloadable Application Form.

Benefits for 1912 Club Members

  • All the benefits of LAF membership (including free admissions to LM&G sites, lectures and visits)
  • Invitations to special functions and events including pre-Previews of temporary exhibitions
  • Privileged behind-the scenes-visits with talks by curators and artists
  • Private visits to other collections
  • Annual 1912 Club summer party and reception at Lotherton Hall or Temple Newsam attended by senior Leeds Museums and Galleries Staff
  • Recognition (if desired) in relevant LAF and art galleries' media
  • Membership of Picture Lending Scheme

Benefits for LAF Patrons
All of the above, plus

  • Annual dinner hosted by Head of Service or representative
  • Named staff contact for private hire of Leeds Museums and Galleries with added value
  • Complementary copies of Leeds Museums and Galleries publications

If you would like to become a Patron or 1912 Club Member please email

Download the brochure (PDF).