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Martin Parr Foundation launches a membership scheme

The Martin Parr Foundation (MPF) which runs a gallery and archive in Bristol, based on Parr's own work but extending to British documentary photography, has launched its new membership scheme. The aim of the scheme is to open up access to the Foundation’s library and huge archive collection, as well as giving members discounts on talks, screenings, workshops and in the Foundation's bookshop.

Membership contributions will help the Foundation keep entry to the gallery free, grow its archive collection and champion overlooked and emerging photographers. The scheme offers a tiered membership: 

Foundation Members paying £35 a year will receive:

  •      Invitations to Private Views with a +1 (incl. complimentary drinks)
  •      Access to Martin’s library of over 2000 photobooks
  •      A behind-the-scenes tour of the archive and studio
  •      10% off all items in their bookshop… and much more

Supporter Membership and is priced at £125 a year. This includes:

  •      All of the benefits of the base-level membership, plus:
  •      A Foundation tour led by Martin Parr himself
  •      Discounts on tickets to talks, screenings and workshops
  •      And a signed 10x8” Martin Parr print, shown below. 

Patron level is £750 which provides all of the benefits of the first two tiers, plus:

  •      Your portrait taken by Martin Parr
  •      An annual Patrons dinner with Martin
  •      Priority booking for exclusive events

Full details of the membership scheme can be found online at:

Jon McCall | Head of Membership & Fundraising | Martin Parr Foundation | T. (+44) 0117 329 3270 |

This print has been personally selected by Martin Parr to celebrate the first year of the membership scheme. It was taken in Margate, 1986, (the same year as his seminal collection The Last Resort was published). The image has rarely been exhibited and did not appear in print until Life's a Beach was published in 2012.

Images: © Martin Parr

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