Help National Gallery Educators seek justice at Employment Tribunal

by National Gallery Educators

Help National Gallery Educators seek justice at Employment Tribunal

by National Gallery Educators
National Gallery Educators
Artists and Art Lecturers begin employment dispute against the National Gallery at Preliminary Tribunal
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Latest: Oct. 3, 2018

Give art a good home

Visit our auction today for affordable, original artworks by members of the NG27 group and friends, including Cathy Lomax, Jeremy Hutchison, Katrina Blannin and many more... 

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Who we are

We are a group of 27 artists and art lecturers who have worked regularly for the National Gallery for decades: from at least ten years to over forty years. Over this time, we have delivered the daily programme of talks, courses and workshops that the Gallery offers its visitors.

In October, we were dismissed from the Gallery, with no recognition of our history of employment. We have been forced to take legal action and we are bringing a case of unfair dismissal. But we need your help. Please contribute now to help us fund this legal effort and share this page on social media to help get the word out.   

We are standing up for fair treatment for staff in the arts and to protect the teaching expertise at the heart of our museums.

We are asking for our longstanding contribution to the Education Department of the National Gallery to be recognised and valued. We are asserting our rights as employees, and at a minimum ‘workers’: until our recent unfair dismissal, we worked regularly for decades, with a passionate commitment to the Gallery’s learning programmes.

We have had the privilege to help thousands of visitors connect with the paintings in our national collection. We have come to deeply love the Gallery, its paintings, and their potential to engage and inspire, through meaningful face-to-face encounters. We are proud of, and passionate about, the work we do.

Our case 

We are asking to be recognised as employees (and at a minimum  ‘workers’), and not self-employed. We are bringing a case of unfair dismissal and claim that the National Gallery has discriminated against members of our group, in respect to longevity of service, sex and age. We have rights to consultation and retrospective holiday pay.

Despite the day-to-day reality of our integrated working relationship, the National Gallery insists we were self employed. We have been denied the protection and rights we were due as employees or workers.  

We were paid through the National Gallery payroll, taxed at source and wore staff passes. We were required to attend staff training and team meetings and received formal reviews of our work. But we had no job security or employment rights, including holiday pay and sick pay.

The Gallery has shown no interest in conciliation, despite our attempts to raise concerns personally with the Director and senior staff. It is with disappointment and sadness that their behaviour has led us to this point of bringing a legal claim.

The Gallery has replaced our large group of long-serving educators with a small number of in-house educator roles on greatly reduced salary and terms, to which we do not consent.

This isn't just about us

We are taking a stand against the exploitation of ‘bogus’ self-employment in the arts. We believe in the importance of arts education and believe artists and educators deserve to be valued and treated fairly.

This is a topical area of law: it is a new public body case in the wake of private sector employment disputes against employers such as Uber, Deliveroo, Pimlico Plumbers and Hermes. 

The National Gallery is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. We have reason to believe the Gallery has made deliberate attempts over several years to evade awarding us fair employment status.

This case is significant to those interested in the point of law, fair treatment of workers, the importance of arts education and the behaviour of our publicly owned and funded cultural organisations.

We need money to pursue this case

We are encouraged by the length of time the Judge has allowed to hear our case as a group of 27, but we can’t afford to get there without your support.

We need your help to pay the legal costs of taking our claim to Employment Tribunal.

Following our Preliminary Tribunal dates of 16 July and 14 September, our 10-day hearing will start on 26 November 2018. 

We need to raise £65,000, so please give as much as you can and share widely. 


We have a fantastic legal team in Gordon Dadds LLP and Chris Milsom at Cloisters Chambers.

Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram at @StandWithNG27, or on our Facebook page (search 'Stand With NG 27').

Update 11

National Gallery Educators

Oct. 3, 2018

Give art a good home

Visit our auction today for affordable, original artworks by members of the NG27 group and friends, including Cathy Lomax, Jeremy Hutchison, Katrina Blannin and many more... 

Go to our shop front:

All proceeds will get us closer to our crowdfunding target and our Employment Tribunal in November. 

Please spread the word by sharing the link above - thank you!

#standwithNG27 #employmentrights #artseducation #artseducationmatters #museumeducation #museumed#education #workersrights #gigeconomy #arthistory #museumlife #artauction #drawings #forsale #artforsale #auction #artauction

Update 10

National Gallery Educators

Sept. 17, 2018

Who will you invite? Tailor-made reward now live

Donate £200 or more and claim a 1-hour tailor-made tour

This private tour is led by one of our NG27 art experts: book a bespoke tour for up to 20 people, on a theme of your choice, or select a highlights tour.

Collections include the National Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery and the Wallace Collection.

We will tailor your tour to suit any group or occasion: a birthday surprise, corporate entertainment for colleagues or clients, or a special event for your social network. Family groups with young children are very welcome too.

Your reward tour is valid until the end of 2019. We'll get in touch with you to discuss your tour and plan a date to suit you - or gift us to a friend and we'll contact them directly!

To claim this offer, select the reward button to make a donation. 

Please share this offer with friends who might be interested - together we will bring this important case to Tribunal.

Follow our journey:

@StandWithNG27 #StandWithNG27

Update 9

National Gallery Educators

Sept. 14, 2018

Today! Preliminary Tribunal 10am

Today is a big day for us on our journey to Tribunal with a Preliminary Tribunal at 10am this morning. 

Our 10-day hearing starts on 26 November so we’re working hard to reach our £65,000 target.

Please share this page with a friend today!

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and find us on Facebook for  updates on news and events...


#standwithNG27 #employmentrights #artseducation #artseducationmatters#museumeducation #museumed #education #workersrights #gigeconomy#arthistory #museumlife #goals #drawwithus #drawingevent #watchthisspace#newscomingsoon #artauction #drawings #tours #londontours #tribunal

Update 8

National Gallery Educators

Sept. 6, 2018

Our fundraiser auction hit the headlines

Thank you to everyone who placed bids and spread the word!

Further events to be announced soon...

Update 7

National Gallery Educators

Aug. 31, 2018

We're in the News again

Update 6

National Gallery Educators

Aug. 30, 2018

Our artwork sale is live!

Visit our eBay sale to buy affordable art and support our campaign - please share this link with friends - thank you!

Update 5

National Gallery Educators

Aug. 27, 2018

Update coming soon - our art sale starts on Thursday morning!

Our sale of NG27 artworks will now launch on eBay on Thursday 30 August.

We’ll post a link here once the sale is live...

Visit early to avoid disappointment!

Update 4

National Gallery Educators

Aug. 27, 2018

Bring more art and happiness into your home!

Announcing... an opportunity to buy some affordable art for your walls - and support our campaign for justice at the same time:


At 6pm this Wednesday (29 August) we are holding an auction sale of original artworks by NG27 artists and some of our closest artist friends. 

Please check here for a update on Wednesday at 6pm: we'll post the link to our eBay page, where you’ll be able to see all the artwork, make a bid or ‘Buy Now.’ 

All artwork is on paper (A6 size) and inspired by a painting in the National Gallery Collection - bidding starts at only £27. 

The auction is running for a brief 24 hours only, so please have a look and place your bids or purchases as early as possible to avoid disappointment!

Please do spread the word about the sale to friends, family and colleagues, the more the merrier! All the money we raise from these eBay sales will be transferred to our crowdfunding total. 

with huge thanks and gratitude,

NG27 x

Update 3

National Gallery Educators

Aug. 13, 2018

Another huge milestone - we're over half way to £65,000!

We are so thrilled to have over 1000 wonderful backers to take us forward to the next stage of our campaign. 

THANK YOU for your donations, messages and support. 

Now that we're over half way to reaching our target, we can extend our deadline and build more momentum:  look out for more #drawwithus events and further announcements @StandWithNG27 - including the launch of our first online art sale, coming soon!

Update 2

National Gallery Educators

July 21, 2018

We've smashed the £20K barrier! Thank you!

Thank you all for your really generous contributions. Since launching this week, we've been thrilled by all the support we've been getting. It's not over yet, though...

So here's what you can do to continue to support our campaign.

1. Share this page with 10 friends who you think might be interested. 

2. Share this page on your Facebook page, using the hashtag #standwithNG27.

3. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@standwithNG27) to keep up with the campaign and to read stories from each one of the 27 about their experiences.

Once again, thank you so much, and let's keep the momentum going!



Update 1

National Gallery Educators

July 16, 2018

First hurdle reached! Thank you all

We have cracked the 10K barrier today and are so thrilled and delighted for all your support. Thank you! There's more to go, so please share as widely as you can.

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