National Portrait Gallery launches public appeal to raise funds for major transformation

30 January 2019

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The National Portrait Gallery has launched a public appeal to raise £35.5 million to fund the Gallery’s biggest ever development since the building opened in 1896.

The development provides a unique opportunity to rehang and re-interpret the entire Collection across the 40 refurbished galleries. An aim of the Collection project is to feature a greater and more diverse selection of portraits. Set amongst the Gallery’s paintings will be more works drawn from the Gallery’s extensive Collection of 250,000 photographs, ranging from 1840 to the present day. The Gallery’s East Wing will also be returned to public use, including restoring the original gallery spaces and a new Learning Centre.

The Gallery aims to reach its target of £35.5m by Spring 2019 in order to complete the project by 2023. Building work is scheduled to start in summer 2020. The Gallery has already secured £27.4m of its £35.5m fundraising target.

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