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.
Saving The Ascension by Constable was the Trust's first project. Through the generosity of many grant-making trusts and private individuals the £75,000 necessary to acquire the painting was raised. This allowed the Trust to have the painting expertly conserved at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge and displayed in St Mary's Church, Dedham.
Works of art often come on to the market, but few are as intimately associated with a place as The Ascension. It is unfortunate that many other works of art, despite their connection to East Anglia, have not remained in the 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 to further its objectives and to cover the insurance and security expenses of displaying The Ascension.
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. For information about the application process and the range of the Trust's grant-making activities, please see the Grants page.
It is not the policy of the Constable Trust to provide information relating to attributions of Constable's works.