York Art Gallery gets £300,000 grant towards major redevelopment

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery

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YORK Art Gallery has been awarded £300,000 towards its £8 million refurbishment project.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has announced the grant from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.

The total raised by the gallery now comes to £7.56 million, including grants of £3.5 million from Arts Council England and a private legacy of £2 million, and funding applications are currently being submitted to raise the remaining shortfall.

The gallery is currently closed for the redevelopment, which will create 60 per cent more exhibition space, including a suite of three galleries on the ground floor to show more ambitious and high profile exhibitions, and the conversion of a roof space into a mezzanine gallery. The gallery is due to reopen in spring 2015.

York’s grant is one of 40 being given to museums across England, together totalling £4.6 million.

Mr Vaizey said such grants would help improve visitor experiences, benefiting local communities and helping to encourage growth, whilst also inspiring audiences with new knowledge.

Janet Barnes, chief executive of York Museums Trust, which runs the gallery, said she was ‘very pleased’ by the £300,000 grant, which was the maximum that could be given to one project.

“This grant means we have nearly raised all the funds to completely transform the interior of the gallery and create one of the best regional galleries in the country,” she said.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said it was pleased to be working with government to fund outstanding projects, adding: “The DCMS/Wolfson Fund is an excellent example of how a funding charity and government department can work productively together."

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2:35pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gwen4me says...

Great that the gallery is being brought up to date, I hope it works out. The old setup was dire, a lot of old dark oil paintings and no real focus to the building. I would like them to involve schools from our area and also put on exhibitions from the reserve stocks of the big London galleries. Leeds and Hull galleries are a great example of how it can be done.
Great that the gallery is being brought up to date, I hope it works out. The old setup was dire, a lot of old dark oil paintings and no real focus to the building. I would like them to involve schools from our area and also put on exhibitions from the reserve stocks of the big London galleries. Leeds and Hull galleries are a great example of how it can be done. gwen4me
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4:32pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

How exciting!
How exciting! Garrowby Turnoff
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9:10am Sat 1 Feb 14

Alf Garnett says...

Excellent.
Excellent. Alf Garnett
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9:15am Sat 1 Feb 14

Alf Garnett says...

gwen4me wrote:
Great that the gallery is being brought up to date, I hope it works out. The old setup was dire, a lot of old dark oil paintings and no real focus to the building. I would like them to involve schools from our area and also put on exhibitions from the reserve stocks of the big London galleries. Leeds and Hull galleries are a great example of how it can be done.
I wouldn't go that far. The foyer/café area needed upgrading certainly. As for the paintings, I suppose that some were/are quite dark. The same could be said of paintings in most galleries. What I like about YAG is that it is a lively place with some very good art and has put on some excellent shows. May this continue in better surroundings.
[quote][p][bold]gwen4me[/bold] wrote: Great that the gallery is being brought up to date, I hope it works out. The old setup was dire, a lot of old dark oil paintings and no real focus to the building. I would like them to involve schools from our area and also put on exhibitions from the reserve stocks of the big London galleries. Leeds and Hull galleries are a great example of how it can be done.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't go that far. The foyer/café area needed upgrading certainly. As for the paintings, I suppose that some were/are quite dark. The same could be said of paintings in most galleries. What I like about YAG is that it is a lively place with some very good art and has put on some excellent shows. May this continue in better surroundings. Alf Garnett
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1:20pm Sat 1 Feb 14

CaroleBaines says...

Great news. Visited lots of galleries and even pre re-vamp York was better than some of the dire ones round the country. But this should be wonderful.
Great news. Visited lots of galleries and even pre re-vamp York was better than some of the dire ones round the country. But this should be wonderful. CaroleBaines
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