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£9.4m lottery windfall for London’s National Portrait Gallery

The Gallery will be extending links with museums and organisations around the country.

The National Portrait Gallery is receiving £9.4 million from The National Lottery as part of its “biggest” ever “transformation”.

The Gallery, in London, is restoring its East Wing, last used for galleries in the 1960s, to public use.

It will also re-display its collection and create 20% more public and gallery space as part of a £35.5 million project.

Gallery director Dr Nicholas Cullinan said: “The National Portrait Gallery is the nation’s family album, from Katherine Parr to Martin Parr.

“Understanding our national identity is more relevant now than ever, so we have an urgent job to do….

“This major grant enables the biggest transformation the Gallery has ever undertaken. We are going to make ourselves an essential place for everyone to feel part of the culture they have been born into, chosen, or are seeking to understand, to become a truly national gallery for all.”

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with artist Gillian Wearing and gallery director Nicholas Cullinan, at the National Portrait Gallery. (Neil Hall/PA)

The Gallery will be extending links with museums and organisations around the country.

Culture secretary Karen Bradley said: “The National Portrait Gallery is one of our finest and most loved art institutions, attracting huge numbers of visitors every year….

“By reaching out to thousands of young people across the UK and partnering with museums outside of the capital it will share its unique, world-class collection even wider.”

The process of appointing an architect will begin in the autumn. The Gallery aims to reach its target of £35.5 million by March 2019 and complete the project by 2022.


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