In 1932 Samuel Courtauld donated his collection and his home, bought with a fortune created through the nationwide textile firm Courtaulds Ltd, to the Courtauld Institute of Art to encourage the widest possible enjoyment and understanding of art.

Inspired by this history, from 2018-2022 The Courtauld Gallery is collaborating with cultural and heritage organisations and schools across the UK to reignite the links between the collection and its industrial heritage. Through a variety of projects and partnerships, we will deliver a programme of activity which will engage communities living in areas near to where Courtaulds Ltd once had a significant industrial presence. We will also be collaborating with partners to display key pieces of the Courtauld Collection in different locations across the UK providing unique opportunities to see some of our masterpieces in new contexts.

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What’s On

Due to Covid-19 closures all exhibitions and events are currently cancelled or postponed – we hope to be able to share information about rescheduled dates as soon as possible. 


In the meantime check out our page about accessing our collections online: Online Resources


Courtaulds: Origins, Innovations & Family

2nd February 2020 – 30th May 2020, Braintree Museum 

Detail from a Gauguin print Braintree Museum’s major new Courtauld exhibition reveals the story of the development of artificial silk, influence of the family and their rich local legacy. Original objects featured will include the first woodblock prints by the artist Gauguin, lent by the Courtauld Gallery; a suffragette poster designed by Catherine Courtauld, from the Women’s Library, London; and the remains from Augustin Courtauld’s Arctic flag from the Scott Polar Institute. New stories of past Courtauld Company employees and family members recorded by volunteers will be woven into the exhibition alongside newly uncovered documents, images and testimonies.

Find out more on the Braintree Museum website:


The Artful Line

15th February 2020 – 31st May 2020, Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library

Drawing of Elizabeth Siddal

The Artful Line brings together for the first time a selection of works from the Harris and The Courtauld Gallery to examine drawing in all its forms. Featuring works from the 17th century to the present day, the exhibition includes drawings by Angelica Kauffman, William Blake, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Frank Auerbach and Deanna Petherbridge. Each drawing offers a unique insight into the mind of the artist and the process of making art.

The exhibition celebrates our shared heritage with Courtaulds textiles. Preston artists Gavin Renshaw, Kathryn Poole and Anita George have made new work for the exhibition inspired by the history of the site and the people who worked there.

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