Unless we’re queuing behind someone smugly showing their Art Pass and sliding into a gallery for free, we always forget what a difference the frankly awesome discount card would make to our lives.
But for the next three months, that could all change. To mark the launch of Rachel Whiteread’s funky new gold-leaf frieze on the facade of the Whitechapel Gallery (a commission enabled by the Art Fund), you can get one of the cultural cards, valid for three months, for free.
All you need to do is register at artfund.org and you can enjoy free entry to more than 200 art galleries, museums and historic houses in London (and across the UK), as well as 50% off exhibitions at the British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate and the V&A. They ask you for your bank details, but promise to contact you at the end of the three months to check if you want to start paying a direct debit for the rest of the year. (Membership costs vary; a single annual subscription starts at £50.)
We reckon it sounds like a great deal. With the chance to see big shows like Edvard Munch and Damien Hirst at the Tate, British Design at the V&A and Royal River at the National Maritime Museum for half price over the summer, and no need to get into a long-term contract, we suggest snapping up this offer.
Visit art fund.org to register for your free taster three-month Art Pass.