Although The Constable Trust was originally conceived in order to rescue a particular painting, the Trustees decided to broaden the objects of the Trust so that it could: acquire, preserve, protect and display for the benefit of the public, works of art having a relationship with East Anglia.
Thus, saving The Ascension by Constable became the Trust’s first project. Through the generosity of many grant-making trusts and private individuals the £75,000 necessary to acquire the painting, have it expertly conserved at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge and displayed in St Mary’s Church, Dedham, was gradually raised.
Works of art often come on to the market, but few are as intimately associated with a place as The Ascension. However, there are many which have been dispersed that, by virtue of their connection with East Anglia, should more properly have remained in this region. The Constable Trust was established to acquire such items and to display them in appropriate settings.
What does The Constable Trust do now?
The Trust encourages donations in order to cover the expenses of displaying The Ascension in terms of insurance and security. We are always looking for other works of art relevant to the area, whether it be paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures or any other artefacts.
We also accept works of art for public display.
We can provide advice on giving works of art to public collections.
In March or April each year there is a Constable lecture. Please see the Annual Lecture page.
The Constable Trust is able to give grants to Museums for the acquisition of works of art having a relationship with East Anglia. Please see the Grants page.
It is not the policy of the Constable Trust to provide information relating to attributions of Constable's works.