Courtauld Connects
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Courtauld Connects


An ambitious transformation project that will make The Courtauld’s world-class artworks, research and teaching accessible to more people – in the UK and internationally.

This multi-million-pound development is the most significant since we moved to our home in Somerset House in 1989. The project will transform our Gallery, teaching, learning and social spaces. It will allow us to expand our exhibition programme, including new dynamic spaces for temporary exhibitions. It will also make it possible to present a greater variety of works from The Courtauld Collection, which stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century.

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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.

What’s On

The Courtauld Gallery is closed for around two years during the project’s initial phase, providing an opportunity for masterpieces from our Collection to travel to France and Japan, as well as partner institutions across the UK.

The project, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, requires a major fundraising campaign, and will ensure the future sustainability of one of London’s longest-standing arts institutions for all.

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