New Look for Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh has undergone a facelift. The Gallery, which has been closed for renovation for the last two years, has had more than 18 million UK pounds lavished upon it in a bid to transform its appearance before its official reopening later in the year.
The building, which was originally built in 1889, was beginning to look outdated and rather shabby, not to mention far too dimly lit to do the many collections of artworks the justice they deserved. That has all changed now, however, with Director James Holloway declaring on Wednesday that the new gallery is among the best in the whole of the United Kingdom, never mind just Scotland.
“What we have got on this floor (the top floor) are fabulous spaces for showing art” he says, adding that the gallery is the place to see ‘Scotland’s family objects.’ It’s Scotland’s DNA. It’s thrilling that we are going to be back, and firing on all cylinders.”
The new look Scottish National Portrait Gallery has reopened Victorian skylights to give the place a lighter, roomier feel, along with added walls and higher ceilings, with fresh green and grey painted walls and wooden floors that have undergone wood floor sanding and polishing to return to lighter shades. “This is going to be a gallery about Scotland, about Scottish ideas, about Scotland’s place in the world today, a real vital topic of public concern” Holloway believes.