Sheffield gallery set to undergo huge refurb thanks to new funding

Sheffield gallery set to undergo huge refurb thanks to new funding

Graves Gallery, which is located on the top floor of Sheffield’s Central Library, is set to be given a new lease of life this winter after announcing a new programme of refurbishment and redisplay, made possible by a ‘generous’ five-year funding grant from the Ampersand Foundation.

Museums Sheffield has secured the £455,000 grant to improve the gallery displays and will now undergo an initial six-month overhaul, before reopening in late spring 2021.

Kirstie Hamilton, Director of Programmes at Museums Sheffield, said: “We’re hugely grateful to the Ampersand Foundation for this incredibly generous funding. The Graves Gallery is one of the jewels in the city’s cultural crown and we have ambitious long-term plans for it, but those plans have inevitably been delayed by the pandemic.

“As we work towards imagining the gallery’s future, this support from the Ampersand Foundation will ensure we’re able to provide amazing cultural experiences, show and celebrate more of the collection and develop truly meaningful partnerships with artists, schools and communities.”

The Ampersand Foundation funding will support a series of much-needed improvements in the gallery, conservation of the city’s art collection, work with schools and artists, and more.

Jack Kirkland, Chairman of the Ampersand Foundation, said: “We are delighted to partner with Museums Sheffield in making this grant – our largest to date – to improve the Graves Gallery and make sure this fantastic asset is enjoyed by more Sheffield residents and visitors.

“Speaking personally, I am particularly pleased that we are able to do something in Sheffield, my late mother’s hometown, and a place that is very close to my heart.”

The Graves Gallery currently remains closed due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. With current restrictions, the initial period of redevelopment and first redisplay is set to take six months and will see the gallery reopen to the public in late spring 2021.

Ashley Birch
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