Light and Inspiration Capital Project

Changes to our building as a result of the Light and Inspiration Capital Project

World-class art in exceptional spaces, for everyone...

The RWA urgently needs your support to secure its future - the next few weeks are critical.

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We have until 15 September to raise £25,000 which will save the RWA and secure its future for generations to come. 

We have now received full planning and listed buildings consents for the transformational Light and Inspiration capital project.  These consents mean that we are now tantalisingly close to getting the go-ahead.  But one big hurdle looms.  On 15 September the Trustees of the National Lottery Heritage Fund meet to consider the final (Stage 2) application for £1.3m.  We have secured most of the match-funding required for this but we still need to raise £25,000 ahead of that crucial meeting.

Once that hurdle is cleared, we can begin unrolling further fundraising for the remaining capital works, but unless we meet the immediate £25,000 shortfall, the entire project - and consequently - the future of the RWA is in jeopardy.

This £3.8 million project will restore the beautiful galleries and welcome spaces and enrich our learning programmes. 

With gifts and pledges made to date, including a Round 1 pass from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, an Arts Council England Small Capital Grant and funding from the John James Bristol Foundation, the Linbury Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Nisbet Trust, Wolfson Foundation and others, we are well on the way to achieving our goal.

Did you know?

The RWA has been financially self-supporting since it was founded in 1844. Today, just 1.5% of running costs come from public subsidy.

The current COVID – 19 pandemic has brought in to razor sharp focus how vital the transformations planned through this project are for the financial sustainability of the RWA in the future.  The investments we make through this project will allow the RWA to generate more regular income that will be re-invested into community programmes and exhibitions.

 

Supporting the Light and Inspiration Appeal

How you can help

Please consider whether you, your family, your company or charitable trust can support the RWA with an exceptional gift towards the Light and Inspiration appeal.

Join the Circle of Light and Inspiration

We invite you to join the Circle of Light and Inspiration by making an extraordinary pledge of between £5,000 and £15,000.  Payment against pledges can be made over 2 tax years, with all monies received by June 2021 please.  Giving to the RWA is something you can truly enjoy – as a unique, artist-led organisation we offer you unrivalled opportunities to engage with art and artists through regular updates, invitations to Private Views and special events.  

Become a Light and Inspiration Benefactor

We are pleased to offer bespoke opportunities to support discrete elements of the new development from £20,000.  As an individual or corporate Benefactor of the RWA, you will be able to reach the RWA's audiences and enjoy opportunities to entertain clients, friends and colleagues in the impressive surroundings of our opulent, Grade II* Listed building, once COVID-19 restrictions have eased. 

We are delighted to be able to offer naming opportunities from £50,000 to £300,000. If you would like to discuss a naming opportunity with us, please contact Alison Bevan or Kate Foster to start a conversation.

We welcome gifts of all sizes and will be pleased to publicly acknowledge all gifts of £1,000 and above. As well as financial contributions, we welcome enquiries from people willing to support the appeal by running your own fundraising events e.g. supper parties, team challenge events or auctions of promises. Please get in touch to discuss.

Donations and tax efficient giving

As a registered charity all donations to the RWA can be tax efficient, significantly increasing the value of your gift at no extra cost to you. You can make a one-off donation below or to spread your payments over 2 tax years by annual direct debit, please contact Kate Foster, Head of Development (kate.foster@rwa.org.uk).

Please include your contact details when asked, so we can send you a Gift Aid form which increases the value of your gift by 25% at no extra cost to you! We are very happy to respect your privacy but would really like to claim as much Gift Aid as possible.

If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can reclaim tax on your donation through the self-assessment tax form. Please ask Kate for more information (kate.foster@rwa.org.uk) and consult a specialist for advice.  The table below gives examples.

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Or download a Donation and Pledge Form below

To find out who has supported the appeal to date please click here. 

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