Turner Contemporary wants your old fivers

Turner Contemporary Photo Mel Chennell

Turner Contemporary wants your old fivers.

The notes ceased to be legal tender on May 5 but the Bank of England says some 150 million notes are still being held by the public.

Turner Contemporary is hoping some will find their way to the gallery, which relies on donations for its work.

Turner Contemporary’s head of development, Clare Millett, said: All of the donations we receive go straight towards supporting our work and form an essential part of building our tomorrow. By donating an old fiver – or several old fivers – you will be making an invaluable contribution and be helping us inspire children, young people and adults ”

New notes

The old £5 notes began to be replaced by a new £5 note bearing the face of Winston Churchill last September. This marked the start of the Bank of England’s new series of polymer notes.

The new £10 and £20 notes are next, with the new polymer £20 note featuring JMW Turner, Turner Contemporary’s namesake. The announcement of the new £20 was made at the gallery in April 2016 and it will enter circulation in 2020.

What your £5 could pay for

Ten five pound notes (£50) will pay for 10 local children to enjoy a free family workshop at the gallery

200 five pound notes (£1,000) will pay for a year’s supply of art materials for our learning programme.

2500 five pound notes (£12,500) would support our Annual Competition, Portfolio which offered 1000’s of children the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside JMW Turner this year

How to get involved:

People can donate their old five pound notes at Turner Contemporary in the galleries before the end of August.

Alternatively, get involved in campaign and donate five pounds via Turner Contemporary’s website www.turnercontemporary.org/support