24/01/2013 - Multi-Million Euro Refurbishment of National Gallery of Ireland to take place - Deenihan

Multi-Million Euro Refurbishment of National Gallery of Ireland to take place - Deenihan

• Investment is largest single refurbishment project of National Gallery of Ireland since opening in 1864
• Refurbishment project will be a comprehensive renovation of the NGI into a world-leading Gallery
• 300 high end jobs to be created over timeline of project in construction, many of which are specialist
• Total project value in the region of €20 million with delivery of completed project by late 2015
• Expanded exhibition footprint will be delivered as part of project
• Finished project will deliver best practice in environmental control for a modern gallery

Thursday, January 24th - Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, accompanied by Dr. Olive Braiden, Chair of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland, has announced that a multi-million euro refurbishment of the National Gallery of Ireland will be completed over the next three years.

Today's announcement will mean:

• A comprehensive refurbishment of the historic core of the National Gallery - the Dargan and Milltown wings
• The installation of 21st century climate, heating, fire suppression, electrical, lighting and security systems
• The reopening of Victorian features and spaces within the building previously unseen by the public
• The conversion of spaces between the wings for public use and as exhibition spaces to include the provision of a sculpture court
• The protection and preservation of the building itself

When work is completed, the National Gallery of Ireland will be equipped as a world-leading gallery space, meeting the international standards for the exhibition of both its own collections and visiting artworks from other important collections.

The project is expected to generate approximately 300 full time construction and specialist jobs. In the region of €20 million will be spent on the project between 2013 and 2015.

Minister Deenihan commented:

"This is the single largest transformation at the National Gallery of Ireland in 150 years. I am delighted to announce this extensive refurbishment, which will deliver both a world-leading national gallery and also generate 300 full time construction and specialist skills jobs.
"I would like to thank my colleague, Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin TD, for recognising the national and international importance of the National Gallery of Ireland and for providing funding to allow this project to proceed.
"This project marks a rebirth for the historic Dargan and Milltown Wings - and will safeguard these historic buildings, and the priceless works of art that they hold, for future generations."

Dr. Olive Braiden, Chair of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland, commented:

"Arts and cultural heritage are our greatest assets and an important natural resource of the Irish people. It is fitting that the fabric of these historic buildings be upgraded to world class gallery standards. I want to acknowledge the tremendous commitment of the Government to the National Gallery of Ireland in providing the core funding for this essential refurbishment."

Tenders for the completion of the refurbishment works are currently being drafted and will be issued to the market as soon as possible. It is envisaged that the entire programme of works will be completed in 2015.

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