Courtauld Connects is an ambitious transformation programme that will make The Courtauld’s world-class artworks, research and teaching accessible to even more people. The biggest development project since The Courtauld moved to Somerset House in 1989, this visionary project – supported by £9.5m from Lottery players via The National Lottery Heritage Fund and donations from generous supporters including foundations and individuals – will transform the Gallery and our facilities for teaching, research and students.
The development will take place in two phases, starting from September 2018.
- The spectacular Great Room – the first art exhibition space in London that once hosted the Royal Academy of Arts’ summer exhibitions – which will be restored to its original proportions, providing a spectacular new home for The Courtauld’s unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings
- The magnificent Fine Rooms on the Second Floor, showcasing artworks spanning the Early Renaissance through to 18th century
- Newly constructed Medieval and Early Renaissance Gallery and Drawings Gallery on the first floor
- A brand-new Bloomsbury Gallery on the top floor, showcasing the work of Bloomsbury Group artists as part of an immersive domestic experience
- The top floor also features a brand-new 20th Century Gallery
- An exhibition suite of two new rooms housing regularly changing exhibits, as well as improved space for the Gallery’s larger temporary exhibitions
- A new layout with greatly improved accessibility, which will give visitors the time and space to enjoy the beautiful art around them
- A redesigned visitor reception to enable all visitors access to the Gallery
- A new Learning Centre will provide improved facilities for schools, families, young people, community groups and adult learners
- A new shop, and a new café
- A new Object Study room, to help students and academics get closer to the collection
- Once completed, the redevelopment will include state-of-the-art teaching, research and conservation facilities, commensurate with The Courtauld’s status as the world’s leading art history institution
To find out more about the Courtauld’s transformation, click the links below to read our two-part Design and Access Statement.
Yes, in order to complete the building works, The Courtauld Gallery is closed for approximately two years from Monday 3 September 2018.
During this time, degree programmes, courses and public programmes – both schools and adult learning – will continue to run from Vernon Square, located near the thriving academic community at London’s Kings Cross.
An outreach learning programme will be offered to schools and young people across London, and new projects will be devised in collaboration with our partner museums across the UK.
The temporary closure of The Courtauld Gallery presents an exceptional opportunity for iconic works from The Courtauld Collection to tour national and international institutions, taking our heritage, research and programming to new audiences.
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Award winning architects Witherford Watson Mann (WWM) have been appointed to work on the project. In 2013 WWM won the prestigious Stirling Prize for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. The project will be supported by exhibition designers Nissen Richards Studio, with Sir Robert McAlpine appointed as Construction Manager.
No. The transformation will enhance The Courtauld while preserving the unique character of our historic home in Somerset House. The aim is to enhance our building, making it accessible and enjoyable for everyone and fit for the 21st century.
Holders of Friends Membership will continue to have access to exhibitions at Somerset House and receive priority booking for the Courtyard events. Courtauld Friends trips, events, lectures, debates and our annual festival of art history will all continue.
Yes, a full programme of Open Courtauld events, seminars and lecturers will continue to run while Courtauld Connects is underway.
The project is majority funded by philanthropy, including private donors, trusts and foundations.The National Lottery Heritage Fund is also supporting the project with an award of £9.5m.
We rely on public support to deliver our exciting and ambitious project. For further information on how you can get involved, visit our support us page.
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