The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2021-23 offers non-London museums, galleries and art centres the opportunity to partner with the National Gallery for three years and display three major works from its collection. Each year one masterpiece is shown at three venues across the UK, with past paintings including Manet’s The Execution of Maximilian, Holbein’s A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling, Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 63 and Degas’ Hélène Rouart in her Father’s Study. Recent venues have included The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Shetland Museum & Archives, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath and Auckland Castle. The National Gallery’s collection belongs to the public and it is committed to sharing its collection, enabling access and engaging with diverse audiences across the UK.
The National Gallery is now seeking three venues to become Masterpiece partners for three years, beginning in 2021 with the tour of Jean-Siméon Chardin’s The House of Cards, about 1740-1.
The three successful venues will become partners of the National Gallery for three years, working collaboratively to develop the Masterpiece tour and display a different National Gallery painting each year. For the Masterpiece Tour 2022 and 2023 the choice of the painting will be made together by the partners and the National Gallery.
Application is open to all non-London museums, galleries and art centres who meet the required standards of loan, security and environmental control and can commit to one display per year 2021-23 featuring the Masterpiece. The National Gallery are particularly keen to receive applications from venues who have not worked with it previously and who are located in areas of cultural and/or economic disadvantage. Further details, including full application requirements, can be found here.
All applications should be sent digitally to Gracie Divall, Exhibitions Manager (National Touring). The deadline for applications is 9am, Wednesday 4 March 2020. If you have any questions prior to submitting your application, please contact Gracie.
The National Gallery look forward to receiving your application.