Gainsborough’s House plans to launch a new scheme to allow paintings to be adopted in a bid to secure the future of the gallery.
The Adopt a Gainsborough scheme offers art lovers the chance to have a personal association with one of Thomas Gainsborough’s paintings or drawings.
Funds raised will go towards the ongoing care and display of the supporters’ chosen artwork and conservation where it is required.
Funds will also support the exhibitions and research programmes at the gallery.
Mark Bills, director of the Sudbury museum, said: “This is a great way in which people can directly help our collection and form a special relationship with the works of art.
“Adoption really helps look after the national treasures that we have on our own doorstep in Sudbury.”
The adoption is guaranteed for a five-year period and an acknowledgement label with the adopter’s name will be displayed alongside the chosen work.
It is possible to adopt any available work and the cost will vary according to its type, size and significance.
David Pike, an art collector who was the first to join the scheme, said preserving collections helps a gallery to thrive.