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Glynn Vivian gets set for redevelopment

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 10:40 UK time, Friday, 7 October 2011

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea will close its doors to the public at the end of the month as preparations begin for a multi million pound redevelopment.

Though the structural work isn't set to begin until the new year, its necessary for the gallery to close on Sunday 30 October as preparations for the major work will start on site in November.

Artist's impression of the revamped Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. Image © Powell Dobson Architects

An artist's impression of the revamped Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. Image © Powell Dobson Architects

The £6 million project, which is being funded by the Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales and Swansea Council, is expected to take two years to complete.

The extensive redevelopment will include a complete refurbishment of the 1911 building, new entrance at street level and re-cladding of the 1974 gallery extension.

There will be a new storage and conservation area, a new lecture space and community room, a dedicated reading and resource centre devoted to visitor research plus new workshops and administration offices. A new passenger lift will also ensure that physical access to all exhibitions, collection galleries and all education and study facilities is available to all visitors.

Though the gallery will have to close fully to the public, the staff at the Glynn Vivian are planning a programme of activities and events - including educational workshops - that will take place off-site for the closure period in different venues across the city.

For more on the development plans and for upcoming events check the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery website.


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