Somerset House, 2016, Image Kevin Meredith

Support Us

Somerset House is a centre for contemporary culture and home to a thriving creative community. We combine our heritage with a commitment to championing pioneering artistic practice.

Realising our potential and our ambitions as a new kind of artistic centre for the 21st century – a place where art is imagined, made and presented – relies on working in partnership with a broad range of supporters, donors and sponsors.

As an entirely self-funded charity receiving no regular public funding, our supporters help us to:

  • Preserve and renew one of the capital’s most iconic historic buildings, welcoming more than 3 million visitors each year.
  • Nurture emerging artists of all ages, providing urgently needed studio space, bursaries and commissions.
  • Present an innovative cultural programme, giving audiences opportunities to discover the people and ideas behind the creative process.
  • Develop young people’s creative skills through an expanded learning programme.

There are a variety of ways to engage with Somerset House as a supporter or corporate partner. 

Your support will ensure that we continue to be a place that is open to all and where art is imagined, developed, made and presented.

See what we've achieved in by viewing or downloading our Impact Reports.

Corporate Partners 

Somerset House is an iconic cultural destination where daring and original work comes to life. Our dynamic programme includes skating, films and live music in the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, as well as an innovative exhibition programme celebrating contemporary culture in all its forms.

Somerset House welcomes the opportunity to develop brand partnerships, ranging from headline sponsorships of specific exhibitions and events to pouring rights and year-round partnerships across the site. Somerset House offers an ideal canvas to engage with visitors and activate brands in an iconic setting.

Recent partnerships include Skate at Somerset House presented by Fortnum & Mason, the Summer Series with American Express and Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick in partnership with Canon.

We also have a new Corporate Membership programme for corporates who share our commitment to innovation and wish to engage employees and clients across our wide-ranging cultural programme, as well as access benefits such as discounted room hire. We are delighted to welcome Bloomberg as a Founding Corporate Member. 

Sponsorship and partner opportunities exist within all elements of the public programme. To find out more about current opportunities or to discuss a particular brief, please contact -


Summer Series, Somerset House, Image by Ben Peter Catchpole
Summer Series, Somerset House, Image by Ben Peter Catchpole

Individual Giving

There are many ways for individuals to support Somerset House’s work. You can contribute towards bursaries or commission funds for Somerset House Studios artists or make a donation towards our Learning programme or towards the upkeep of this magnificent building.

Somerset House Supporters’ Court – This is a new initiative for individuals who would like to help us fulfil our artistic vision, preserve Somerset House’s architectural glory and inspire artists and audiences. Supporters’ Court members will also get unprecedented access to our cultural events, restaurants and meeting spaces and opportunities to get to know our resident artists and creative enterprises.

Membership is available for donations of £500 - £2,500 per annum, with discounts for younger supporters.

For more information about joining Somerset House Supporters’ Court, or to discuss any other donation, please contact or call +44 (0)20 7845 4635

Thank You 

Somerset House Trust would like to thank all our sponsors, corporate members, brand partners, donors, trusts, foundations and other funding partners supporting our work:

  • American Express
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Blavatnik Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg LLP
  • Boltini Trust
  • Bowers & Wilkins
  • Canon UK
  • Case Foundation
  • Charles Russell Speechlys
  • CHK Charities Ltd
  • City Bridge Trust
  • Cockayne Foundation
  • Coty
  • John Ellerman Foundation
  • Film4
  • Fortnum & Mason
  • Foyle Foundation
  • Gaia Art Foundation
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Givaudan
  • The Harold & Daphne Cooper Charitable Trust
  • Liberty London
  • The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation
  • The Outnet
  • Outset Contemporary Art Fund
  • Peroni
  • The Port of London Authority
  • Propercorn
  • Saxton Bampfylde
  • Sipsmith
  • Sir Siegmund Warburg Settlement Trust
  • Westminster City Council

And special thanks to the following for their important role in the transformation of Somerset House:

  • Edmond J Safra Philanthropic Foundation
  • Headley Trust
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • The Rothschild Foundation
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The Linbury Trust
  • The Monument Trust

The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Rooms Series

The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Rooms Series is a new series of free exhibitions, which will profile the work of living artists in one of the most accessible spaces at Somerset House, bringing the public into contact with a diverse and engaging range of creative thinkers.