The fundraising campaign for Aberdeen Art Gallery’s major redevelopment has received a £250,000 donation from the Garfield Weston Foundation.
The announcement was made by the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Development Trust Board at its Founder Patrons’ launch event, which was held in Aberdeen Maritime Museum on 10 Nov.
The donation will go towards the £30m ‘Inspiring Art and Music’ project, which will see the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Remembrance Hall into a 21st century centre for art and music.
The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years. It supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence.
A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of almost £10million has already been awarded for the ambitious redevelopment programme. Aberdeen City Council has committed £10million from its Non-Housing Capital Fund towards the overall cost of the project with a public and philanthropic fundraising campaign for the remaining £10million.
The Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Development Trust, is an independent charity, which was established in January 2015, with the aim of building engagement and philanthropic support for Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums to develop and expand its activities in the years to come. Aberdeen Art Gallery’s redevelopment project is the first initiative to receive the Trust’s support.
The eight art-lovers from across the North-east of Scotland who make up the Board of Trustees of the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Development Trust are Steve Regulski (chair), Joe Mackie, Karen Molloy, Maire Lanaghan, Bobby Anderson (treasurer), Gill Summers, Ken Massie and Lennox Dunbar.
To learn more about the project which is due to be completed in winter 2017, visit: www.inspiringartandmusic.tumblr.com