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Carlo Carrà’s Leaving the Theatre, 1910 requires urgent restoration; inadequate tensioning on the stretcher is causing the canvas to sag and become distorted. It is essential for this work to be completed now to prevent further deterioration and to ensure that the painting can continue to be loaned for exhibitions promoting Futurism and the Estorick Collection worldwide.

Carlo Carrà, Leaving the Theatre, 1910 - 1911 © DACS 2007

Our fundraising target is £3,000. By donating to the restoration of the work you will not only become a part of its history, but will also help to ensure its future, enabling our visitors to enjoy it for many more years to come.

You can donate through our dedicated page on the National Funding Scheme website or by sending a text message to give £5: Text ESTC001 to 70970.

Conservation will be completed by Ezio Buzzegoli – a specialist in his field who has worked on the restoration of Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo in Florence and is part of the FUTURAHMA Research Project.

The painting is one of the most important works of early Futurism, painted in the ‘Divisionist’ style typical of the movement’s initial phase. It captures the dynamism of modern city life in shimmering dashes of paint that create a vivid sense of animation and flux. Leaving the Theatre was displayed in the famous 1912 Futurist exhibition at the Bernheim-Jeune Gallery, Paris. It passed into the Estorick Collection in late 1958. It has featured in many landmark exhibitions, such as Futurism (London: Tate Modern, 2009) and, most recently, Italian Futurism 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe (New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2014).

To read more about this work please download Carlo Carrà - Leaving the Theatre (PDF - 451 KiB).


By becoming a Member you will be playing a vital role in helping to support the Collection and may take advantage of a wide range of benefits:

  • - Free unlimited admission to all exhibitions and the permanent collection
  • - Free use of the specialist art library
  • - Advance mailings of exhibition and event information
  • - 10% discount on purchases over £5 per head in the café and Estorick publications in the shop
  • - Priority booking for events

Contributing and Life Membership
These categories of Membership offer all the above benefits, plus:
  • - Exclusive invitations to private views for Member and guest
  • - Preferential rates for gallery hire

Annual Rates
Contributing Membership £50
Life Membership £500
Individual Membership £20
Joint Membership (two adults) £30

A concessionary discount of £5 is available on Individual and Joint Membership where at least one adult is a senior citizen, full-time student, registered disabled or a JS40 cardholder.

How to apply
Download and print an application form here.

Please send completed forms to:
Membership, Estorick Collection, 39A Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN

For further information, or to request a form by post, please contact Amy Emmerson Martin on 020 7704 9522 or use the contact form.


The Estorick Collection is seeking to build a team of volunteers able to dedicate their time on a regular basis to assist in the day-to-day running of the gallery. We welcome offers of support from anyone interested in gaining an insight into the workings of a popular art gallery.

Roles include gallery attendant and front of house duties. Volunteers will be fully trained in the practical aspects of gallery work, the history of the Collection and the artwork it comprises.

The recruitment of volunteers is an ongoing process. To find our more download our Volunteer Role Description.


As a registered charity the Estorick Collection regularly seeks sponsorship for its programme. The Estorick Collection has an excellent reputation in the art world and receives extensive publicity for its exhibitions which makes sponsorship of our programme very attractive. We are able to offer sponsors a wealth of benefits.

For further information please contact Roberta Cremoncini, Director on 020 7704 9522 or use the contact form.

(All offers made above are subject to removal or change at the discretion of the Estorick Foundation or due to circumstances beyond its control.)