Art for art’s sake

Lots of lovely art to see and a pretty stunning new tote bag, too?

We’re listening…

We can’t think of a better way to spend an autumn afternoon than trotting about town with a friend, getting a bit of a weekend art fix and stopping occasionally in a gallery café for a coffee and some highbrow (ahem) chat. There’s a whole world out there of ever-changing exhibitions of new artists to discover and old favourites to get excited about all over again. To help you make the most of all the art there is on offer and ferret out the best exhibitions and events near you, we think you should treat yourself to a National Art Pass. In short, it’s a passport to all the best art in all the best places, which gives you free entry to more than 240 museums, galleries and historic places across the country (including the Tate, the V&A and the Natural History Museum) as well as 50% off entry to all the biggest must-see exhibitions.

Whether you’re Team Ravillious or Team Rembrandt, are a fan of quilts or queer photography, there will be something to catch your eye and capture your heart wherever you are in the UK.

From the British Museum to Brighton Pavilion, Cardiff Castle to Kensington Palace, whether you’re in Perth or Penzance, weekends just got much more exciting. But because it’s all free, you can pop into a venue after work or on a lunchbreak any time you like. And what’s nicer than making an event of a spare 20 minutes?

Bag a beautiful bag, too

Now you’re talking. From 1-14 October this year, new National Art Pass members will also receive a completely FREE tote bag, with a stunning Malika Favre design, whose work you might recognise from The New Yorker and Vogue. Just enter the code MALIKA (what else?) at the checkout when you buy your art pass, and feel very pleased with yourself indeed.