Major funding boost for Art Gallery redevelopment

BP today announced £1 million support for new special exhibition galleries at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The BP Galleries are located on the Art Gallery’s striking new second floor. The copper-clad extension was designed by award-winning Hoskins Architects and complements the architecture and materials of the original Victorian building.

The BP Galleries will host three special exhibitions each year by national and international artists. As part of the funding agreement the popular BP Portrait Award will return to Aberdeen Art Gallery in 2020.

The announcement was made by BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley, who said: “We are proud that BP’s support for arts and culture in the UK stretches back more than five decades.

“Through our long-standing relationships with major centres like the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company we enable access to excellence in the arts for millions of people.

“Today’s commitment adds the Aberdeen Art Gallery to the list of great institutions we support, in a city that is home for our people, our business and the community we are a part of.”

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “BP is following in the footsteps of the Aberdeen Art Gallery’s visionary 19th century founders.

“This civically minded group of businessmen and art collectors gave their money, time and works of art to establish both the building and the exceptional collection it houses, for the enjoyment of the people of Aberdeen and visitors to the city.”

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokesperson, said: “When it reopens in Autumn this year Aberdeen Art Gallery will be the city’s most inspiring, accessible and welcoming public building.”

The redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery is transforming the Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Remembrance Hall into a major cultural attraction in the city centre.

Photograph shows (left to right): Lord Provost Barney Crockett; Councillor Marie Boulton; BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley. 

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