£1m fund­ing boost to help city Bur­rell Col­lec­tion’s ma­jor re­vamp

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CATRIONA STE­WART

SCOT­TISH banker Sir An­gus Grossart has gifted £1 mil­lion to­wards the restora­tion of the Bur­rell Col­lec­tion.

Sir An­gus, chair­man of the Bur­rell Re­nais­sance, said he hoped the do­na­tion would help place the art col­lec­tion in the “in­ter­na­tional league”.

The re­fur­bish­ment of the gallery will see the re­dis­play of some 9000 ob­jects in Sir Wil­liam Bur­rell’s col­lec­tion.

Sir An­gus said: “Sir Wil­liam’s gift is an in­ter­na­tional flag­ship for Glas­gow.

“Much has moved on since the ini­tial pri­or­ity of cre­at­ing a home for the Col­lec­tion.

“The Bur­rell Col­lec­tion now needs a real re­nais­sance which will place the true sig­nif­i­cance of Sir Wil­liam’s legacy and Col­lec­tion within the in­ter­na­tional league where it should be set.

“Sir Wil­liam en­trusted his life’s work to the city he called home.

“Mind­ful al­ways of his wishes, we are seek­ing to se­cure much wider recog­ni­tion of his vi­sion and achieve­ments.

“We still have £3m to raise and we hope more peo­ple will help us and sup­port this great op­por­tu­nity.”

More than 75 years of Sir Wil­liam’s life were de­voted to amass­ing one of the world’s great­est, sin­gle per­sonal col­lec­tions.

Fol­low­ing the re­vamp, for the first time the pub­lic will en­joy three floors ded­i­cated to gal­leries, vis­i­ble stores and spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions.

More than 125 com­pa­nies, trusts and foun­da­tions as well as in­di­vid­u­als have pledged do­na­tions.

There has also been a £15m Na­tional Lot­tery grant to make the project a re­al­ity.

The cost of the project is es­ti­mated at £66 mil­lion with Glas­gow City Coun­cil agree­ing to fund up to 50 per cent of the over­all project cost.

To sup­port the re­nais­sance of the Bur­rell Col­lec­tion, visit www.glas­gowlife.org.uk/ sup­port-us/cam­paigns/ the-bur­rell-col­lec­tion or email sup­por­tus@glas­gowlife.org. uk

Se­nior Pre­ven­ta­tive Con­ser­va­tor David Thom­son at the Bur­rell Pic­ture: CSG CIC Glas­gow Mu­se­ums Col­lec­tion

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