Gold Patrons

A House for Essex, by Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture
A House for Essex, by Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture

Ambassadors of our philanthropic mission, Gold Patrons are close to the leadership of the CAS.

Through their higher level of patronage, Gold Patrons play a vital role in the UK’s contemporary art ecology and secure our ability to buy the best contemporary art for museums and public collections all across the UK. As thanks for their generosity, Patrons enjoy the highest level of access to studios and collections and a unique insight into current contemporary art trends.


To join the CAS Gold Patrons or to find out more, please contact Ally Bennett, Senior Manager, Patrons & Development:

020 7017 8413




Gold Patrons are invited to bespoke contemporary art opportunities in recognition of their close relationship to the CAS mission, including:

  • Exclusive studio visits with internationally recognised artists (recent visits have included Tracey Emin, Phillip King, Glenn Brown, Damien Hirst, Phyllida Barlow, Jake Chapman and Christopher Le Brun)
  • Unique experiences with internationally recognised artists (recent opportunities have included a bespoke evening performance by Martin Creed, a studio lunch with Bridget Riley catered by Mark Hix, a visit to the Palace of Westminster with official election artist Cornelia Parker, and a tour of AB Fine Art Foundry with Gillian Wearing to view the creation of her statue for Parliament Square)
  • Invitation to a specially designed international/regional visit for higher level Patrons, such as visiting the home of Charles Avery on island of Mull, Scotland


Gold Patrons also have access to the Silver Patrons’ programme of exclusive contemporary art events and opportunities, including:

  • VIP pass and access to our two-day bespoke Patrons’ programme around Frieze, including Director-led tours and visits to private collections and galleries
  • Exclusive artist studio visits (recent visits include Vicken Parsons, Liliane Lijn, Christina Mackie, Michael Armitage, Emma Hart and Athena Papadopoulos)
  • Invitations to artist-led exhibition walk-throughs & talks
  • Invitations to private collection visits (recent visits include the collection of Vanessa Branson)
  • Invitations to regional visits (recent visits include a trip to David Shrigley‘s Brighton studio, a tour of Houghton Hall with artist Richard Long, and two days exploring Yorkshire Sculpture International)
  • Invitation to our Annual Acquisitions Dinner in the Summer
  • Invitations to join tailor-made luxury trips abroad to look at contemporary art internationally (recent trips have included Rome & Naples, the Venice Biennale and Beijing & Shanghai)
  • VIP passes for international art fairs including 1-54, ARCO, Art Basel, Art Dubai, FIAC, Frieze, and Photo London
  • Weekly selection of current art shows and Patrons e-bulletins with all our latest news and developments in the field
  • Invitations to fundraising events including the Artist’s Table
  • Acknowledgement on our website and benefactor wall
  • Access to our library at 59 Central Street


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