Image good as Aberdeen Artwork Gallery wins high award

Marie Boulton with council leaders Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden inside the art gallery. Picture: Kath Flannery

Aberdeen Artwork Gallery has been introduced because the winner of one of many world’s most prestigious artwork prizes.

The newly-refurbished constructing on Schoolhill has been named as a winner within the Artwork Fund Museum of the 12 months awards – one in every of 5 throughout the UK.

It can obtain a share of a £200,000 prize fund.

Aberdeen Metropolis Council’s tradition spokeswoman Marie Boulton mentioned: “Covid-19 abruptly halted the implausible momentum that had constructed since Aberdeen Artwork Gallery re-opened in November 2019 following the redevelopment.

“We welcomed over 100,000 guests in underneath 100 days after which all of a sudden, we have been closed once more. Being a Museum of the 12 months winner is one of the best ‘welcome again’ current conceivable.

“The redevelopment of Aberdeen Artwork Gallery has been a transformational mission not only for the constructing, however for additionally for town.

“In November final yr we skilled the highly effective affection with which guests reconnected with the constructing and their favorite artworks, like outdated mates – remodeled, however reassuringly acquainted – and felt the surge of civic pleasure.

“And now in nowadays of Covid restrictions, we’re grateful that our gallery is open for inspiration – a spot for everybody to take pleasure in.”

Following a interval of closure as a result of Covid-19, the gallery is now open once more, with well being and security protocols in place together with bodily distancing and restricted numbers.

Jenny Waldman, director of Artwork Fund, mentioned: “Congratulations to Aberdeen Artwork Gallery. The 5 Artwork Fund Museum of the 12 months 2020 winners are distinctive examples of museums providing inspiration, reflection and pleasure within the coronary heart of communities.

“The UK’s museums – admired worldwide and important domestically – have been thriving earlier than Covid-19. Now they may also help rebuild our communities and confidence as we emerge from the virus.”

Jo Robinson, VisitScotland Regional Director, mentioned: “I’m over the moon that Aberdeen Artwork Gallery has been chosen as one in every of solely two Scottish winners of Artwork Fund’s prestigious Museum Of The 12 months award.

“I’d additionally like to increase my congratulations to the opposite Scottish winner, Gairloch Museum. Each are equally-deserving of this accolade, demonstrating that their work over the earlier yr has stood out means past that of their opponents.

“Aberdeen Artwork Gallery reopened in November 2019 following its formidable £34.6m redevelopment. It isn’t solely an attractive constructing and world-class arts complicated but additionally an thrilling customer vacation spot, mixing the historic with the modern.

“I wish to congratulate the Gallery for additional highlighting and strengthening the cultural providing for guests to Aberdeen throughout what has been a vastly difficult yr for the tourism trade.”

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