After the disruption caused firstly by the redevelopment of the Hatton Gallery and then by Covid, the Friends have finally been able to meet with senior TWAM managers to discuss our role. At our last committee meeting, we thought it of interest to review our historical relationship with the Gallery and in particular the extent of our financial support.
Although I have limited access to the necessary documentation, it’s clear that there has historically been a significant connection between the provision of financial support from the Friends and the privilege of exhibiting in the main gallery. The information I have been able to access suggests that the financial support has not been inconsiderable.
I have been Treasurer since 2009 and during that period we donated £11,923 to the Hatton. The main items were £3000 for conservation, £5000 of matched funding towards the redevelopment project and a donation of £2000 to acquire an art work. The gallery was closed for redevelopment during 2016. No donations were made 2009 and 2010 and none during 2020 or 2021. In effect the matched funding equates to an additional £5000.
In addition, I have been able to access some financial information for the period 2004 to 2008. This indicates that during this period the Friends donated at least £13,169 to the Hatton. The main items identified were: support for an exhibition catalogue (£2000), purchase of a Plan Chest (£4000), support for new lighting (£2000), and acquisition of original prints (£3000).