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Gallery nominated for UK-wide honours scheme

The spectacular transformation of a Swansea arts treasure is in the running for a national award.


The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is shortlisted in this year's Heritage Angels Awards that celebrates people who make a difference to Wales's heritage.

It is shortlisted in a category titled best major regeneration of an historic building or place for projects in excess of £5m.

The city centre cultural gem reopened two years years ago after its £9m overhaul. It is now attracting thousands of visitors old and new.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "It's thrilling for our city to have the gallery shortlisted for this award.

"It shows how Glynn Vivian team, including specialists, a range of staff and volunteers are employing best practice to give a new lease of life to the gallery.

"Our work on this historic and treasured building was innovative and sympathetic. Since the reopening, visitor figures have been very encouraging indeed."

Shows at the gallery now include Journeys between Art and Life: Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910), and Dylan Thomas: Music of Colour.

Artists exhibited since reopening have included, Pablo Picasso, JMW Turner, Claude Monet and Leonardo da Vinci with works by Damien Hurst and Roy Lichtenstein to appear in the forthcoming exhibition this autumn, On Paper.

Free activities at the gallery include an active schools programme, workshop sessions for children and families, and regular talks and late night events.

The gallery was founded in 1911 and is a Grade II* listed building in a conservation area.

The building's redevelopment included the protection of its historic characteristics plus the creation of state-of-the-art conservation studios, picture stores and learning studios. Its new exhibition spaces are fully accessible to the public.

A new glass fronted entrance and community café at pavement level improved the gallery's street presence.

Others shortlisted in this Heritage Angels category are St Fagans, Cardiff, and Cardigan Castle, Ceredigion.

In Wales, the awards are driven by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

Welsh category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Caerphilly Castle on November 8.

An overall UK winner will be announced around three weeks later.


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Photo The transformed Glynn Vivian.

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