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Thousands have already enjoyed Swansea's re-opened Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

More than 3,500 people have enjoyed works by Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and other world famous artists since Swansea's Glynn Vivian Art Gallery re-opened on the weekend.

Glynn Vivian art gallery

Visitors from all parts of the country have made a trip to the redeveloped and restored gallery that's benefitted from a multi-million pound preservation and improvement project.

Now on display until January 6, Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection is showing at the Glynn Vivian. Pablo Picasso's 'The Studio' is also on display, as well an 1842 JMW Turner masterpiece.

Features of the restored and redeveloped Glynn Vivian include a new, street-level, all-glazed reception area with a bookshop and café. 

Coast Café is running the café area, with Swansea's Mission Gallery working in partnership with Swansea Council to run the bookshop.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: "A new feature that's being overwhelmingly commended in particular is the new, street level entrance that combines a reception area with a café and a bookshop. People have told us this is especially welcome because it's made the Glynn Vivian far more visible than ever before, which will more encourage more people to visit and discover everything that's available there.

"The quality of the products in this new area is testament to the partnerships we have in place with Coast Café and the Mission Gallery, both of whom justifiably share in taking the credit for the many compliments we're receiving."

Also on display as part of a new exhibition at the gallery are hundreds of artefacts from all over the world that the gallery's founder, Richard Glynn Vivian, bequeathed to Swansea. 

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