Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
On Saturday 2 November 2019, Aberdeen Art Gallery will reopen to the public after the biggest transformation in its 130-year history to present the Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Remembrance Hall into one major cultural attraction.
The newly redeveloped gallery will feature special new commissions by renowned artists and an entirely new second floor presenting a regularly changing programme of national and international exhibitions, opening with Martin Parr’s Think Of Scotland. Gallery space for the permanent collection will increase from 11 to 19 individually themed galleries, with more treasures on display than ever before.
From Brueghel to Borland, Landseer to Lambie, and from Guthrie to Gibb, Aberdeen Art Gallery’s collection spans over 700 years and includes a staggering range of works by artists, designers and makers. Home to the best and most interesting contemporary artworks, its nationally recognised collection is regarded as one of the UK’s finest.
- Dramatically increased display space with the number of galleries increasing from 11 to 19 and items on display rising from 370 in 2015 to 1,080 in 2019
- A further three galleries will present a regularly changing programme of special exhibitions including the inaugural show in the BP Galleries Think Of Scotland by renowned photographer Martin Parr
- Specially commissioned artworks in the Art Gallery and Remembrance Hall to mark the reopening
- A partnership with Tate to return William Stott of Oldham’s Le Passeur (The Ferryman’s Journey) to Aberdeen, which tells the story of the painting's connection to Aberdeen and one of its original founders, art collector John Forbes White
- A programme of four exhibitions a year showcasing work by local schools, colleges, arts organisations and artists, opening with
- Alchemy – Inspiring Art, Inspiring Science by Aberdeen school pupils
- Specially curated playlists inspired by the collections in each gallery
- Increased access in all areas of the gallery including street level access and lifts to all floors
- New cafés and a specially commissioned gifts and souvenirs by local artists in the shop
- Gallery tours and a family trail for younger visitors