On the Gallery’s top floor, the Great Room – the first art exhibition space in London, which once hosted the Royal Academy of Arts’ summer exhibitions – will be restored to its original proportions, providing a vast home for our famous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. A redesigned visitor reception will improve access, whilst a new Learning Centre will provide improved facilities for schools, families, young people, community groups and adult learners.
For the first time, the project will physically connect the Gallery and the Institute, providing students and academic staff with unprecedented access to our collections and exhibitions, whilst giving the public greater insight into our outstanding teaching and research. Our Open Courtauld forum will grow, with an innovative, year-round programme of events, talks and online content available to all.
Conservation studios, laboratories and our library will be transformed, creating fully accessible, state-of-the-art study facilities that support our status as a world-leader in art history, conservation and curating. An extensive digitisation project will make over 3.3 million images from our photographic collections available online for the first time, engaging hundreds of volunteers, and providing access to skills, training and paid internships.