The V&A museum in London has announced a major gift from the Blavatnik Family Foundation to support the completion of the Exhibition Road Building Project - to create a grand new entrance to the museum, a magnificent open courtyard and a purpose-built gallery for its world-class temporary exhibitions. Private fundraising has now reached 95% of the £49.5m project and in recognition of this generous gift, the V&A will name the entrance hall of the new building after the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Funding has already been raised from donations by private individuals, trusts and foundations and other funding bodies. The new 1,100 sq m column-free exhibition gallery beneath the courtyard will be one of the largest temporary exhibition galleries in the UK and known as The Sainsbury Gallery in recognition of the joint gifts from The Monument Trust and The Headley Trust. The Sackler Courtyard, a new 1,200m square metre public space, will be so named in recognition of the generous grant awarded by The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.
The V&A has also given an update on V&A East – a brand new civic space and cultural destination that will form part of the Olympic legacy project taking shape at Stratford Waterfront.
The seven-storey building is being designed by award-winning architectural practice O’Donnell-Tuomey and is part of the masterplan developed with Allies and Morrison for the new educational and cultural district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. At 18,000 sq metres, V&A East will sit directly opposite Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre and adjacent to a group of partners with which the V&A has great creative synergy: Sadler’s Wells, UAL’s London College of Fashion and UCL (University College London).