About 'The Friends'
Make A Difference
Join Us, Join In
Join our membership and look forward to joining us at social events, trips to museums and art galleries, talks, exhibitions and more. We even contribute at local events such as arts festivals and Heritage Open days.
The Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Colleciton has a strong, active committee and we’ve over 120 members!
As a member you’ll be able to enjoy all the organised events, some of which are FREE such as Preview Nights when a new exhibition of items from the Collection is on display.
Receive two Newsletters a year which are full of news of the Friends and their activities. Several letters are also sent to members throughout the year giving details of events which are approaching.
Volunteers get the opportunity to invigilate at exhibitions, become a researcher or help out at events such as Heritage Open Days. Our members really enjoy getting involved.
Did You Know?
The Friends of the LSA Art Collection was formed in 2008 by Chair, Margaret Race to raise awareness and to create opportunities to display the Collection.
Another important aim is to raise funds for conservation.
Did You Know?
In 2016, the Friends registered with the Charity Commission (Regd. Charity. No.1167075) as Lytham St Annes Art Collection Trust.
Our charity trades as 'Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection'.
Conserving The Collection
Prior to creating the Friends, Margaret Race learned that the local Council had only a very limited amount of money to spend annually on the Collection.
Maintenance costs ate away at most of it with just a little left for the costly conservation work which was so desperately needed.
Friends Plans Announced
It was knowing this and the fact that there were so many paintings and sculptures waiting to be cleaned and repaired that made Margaret determined to raise money so that more artworks could be conserved more quickly.
On announcing her plans it was suggested to her that rather than just fund-raising perhaps the Collection as a whole needed a ‘Friends’ group.
It made sense and so the Friends of the LSA Art Collection was born and as can be seen on our Collections page, several artworks have been or are in the process of being conserved as a direct result of the work of the Friends.
Generous, Public-Spirited Individuals
Over £22,000 has been or is about to be spent on conservation with funding via the Friends. Most of this has come from very generous, public-spirited individuals or organisations who have become aware of the Collection and answered our call for help, donating large sums of money to enable specific items to be conserved.
The most recent generous promise of funding has come from The Arts Society Fylde, formerly Fylde DFAS, who have chosen to fund the conservation of several pieces of ivory.
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Spread The Word
All this has undoubtedly been a successful aspect of the Friends but also their other aim to raise awareness of the Collection has also been successful.
The word has spread and the Membership has grown. With a strong and active committee the Friends have organised social occasions, fund-raising events, exhibitions, talks and trips to Art Galleries and Museums.
All this activity and publicising it has helped to make more individuals aware of our very own most beautiful Art Collection.
Join The Friends Today
Together, we can make a difference