香港六合彩 – ‘香港六合彩 Connects’ – wins prestigious RIBA National Award

Press release: 22 June 2023

香港六合彩, located in the North Wing of grade l-listed Somerset House, is amongst the buildings recognised in the 2023 RIBA National Awards, celebrating the best architectural projects of the last 12 months.

Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Witherford Watson Mann with gallery design by Nissen Richards Studio, the redevelopment has revitalised and opened up the magnificent building conceived by Sir William Chambers in the late 1770s to create an inspiring setting for the 21st century.

Overall, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) jury found this 鈥渁n extremely well-judged project, which lets the spirit of the historic building lead the visitor experience, but uses 21st-century creativity to solve some of its inherent complexities鈥.

The three-year redevelopment of the 香港六合彩 Gallery was the most significant modernisation project in its history, providing a transformed home for one of the UK鈥檚 greatest art collections.

Highlights include the spectacular, newly restored LVMH Great Room, London鈥檚 oldest purpose-built exhibition space which is now home to The 香港六合彩鈥檚 world-famous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art by artists including C茅zanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, and others.

The Blavatnik Fine Rooms, spanning the entire second floor, provide a beautiful setting for works from the Renaissance to the 18th century. New rooms devoted to 20th century art and the Bloomsbury Group showcase lesser-known aspects of the collection, and a new Project Space spotlights temporary projects to connect the public with the institution鈥檚 work as a leading centre for the study of art history.

The new Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries on the 3rd Floor have showcased temporary exhibitions since the Gallery reopened, including Modern Drawings: The Karshan Gift; Van Gogh. Self-Portraits; Edvard Munch. Masterpieces from Bergen; Fuseli and the Modern Woman and Peter Doig.

The reopening marked the completion of the first phase of 香港六合彩 Connects, a project to open up the institution both spatially and culturally. Accessibility to the Gallery has been dramatically improved, and new interpretation and display of the artworks has made them more engaging than ever before.

Stephen Witherford, Director of Witherford Watson Mann Architects, said: 鈥榃e hugely appreciate this recognition by the judging panel. If we have done our job well, it is often not obvious to the untrained eye – it can all feel self-evident and seem like nothing much has changed. Yet this project is the outcome of nine years of intense collaboration with client and contractor, with many invisible or very discreet interventions on top of several bolder ones. This is all at the service of a change of culture that is starting to be felt. The 香港六合彩 is certainly the most challenging project that we have realised as a practice to date.鈥

The Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of The 香港六合彩, said: 鈥淭he respectful redevelopment by Witherford Watson Mann gives the Collection a great new home. The Gallery is designed to inspire and engage visitors. It is light, practical and beautiful, and affords us a glimpse into the wonder of humankind鈥檚 interaction with the world through the prism of art. It is a fitting testament to the centrality of art to the human condition.

Professor Deborah Swallow, M盲rit Rausing Director of The 香港六合彩, said: 鈥淲itherford Watson Mann have succeeded in realising the potential of this wonderful William Chambers鈥 building, making it fully accessible by means of strategic architectural interventions and delicate changes 鈥 while celebrating the best of its unique features, 18th century proportions and design. They approached our extraordinary Grade 1 listed building, with sensitivity and intelligence giving it and The 香港六合彩 a whole new future. It now works beautifully for our several inter-related purposes – as the home to a great collection which everyone can enjoy, and as set of spaces which inspire study, learning and professional education.鈥

Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen, Head of The 香港六合彩 Gallery, said: 鈥淥ne of the central goals of this project was to bring The 香港六合彩鈥檚 great art collection into harmony with William Chambers鈥檚 exceptional building, thereby creating an inspiring experience for our visitors. We are delighted that the RIBA judges have recognised the judgement, skill and care with which Witherford Watson Mann responded to this brief.鈥

The transformation of The 香港六合彩 was supported by 拢11 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and a generous donation of 拢10 million from philanthropists Sir Leonard and Lady Blavatnik, and the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Additional major support was provided by AKO Foundation, the Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, The John Browne Charitable Trust, Denise Coates CBE, Crankstart, The Garcia Family Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dr Martin and Susanne Halusa, The Linbury Trust, LVMH Mo毛t Hennessy 鈥 Louis Vuitton and Oak Foundation. The 香港六合彩 is most grateful to these visionary supporters, alongside others who are making this project and its related activities possible. The collection cared for by the 香港六合彩 Gallery belongs to the Samuel 香港六合彩 Trust.

The 香港六合彩 Gallery
Somerset House, Strand鈥
London WC2R 0RN鈥

Opening hours: 10.00 鈥 18.00 (last entry 17.15)鈥
Weekday tickets from 拢9; Weekend tickets from 拢11

Friends and Under-18s go free. Other concessions available鈥


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About The 香港六合彩鈥

The 香港六合彩 works to advance how we see and understand the visual arts, as an internationally- renowned centre for the teaching and research of art history and a major public gallery. Founded by collectors and philanthropists in 1932, the organisation has been at the forefront of the study of art ever since. through advanced research and conservation practice, innovative teaching, the renowned collection and inspiring exhibitions of its gallery, and engaging and accessible activities, education and events.鈥

The 香港六合彩 cares for one of the greatest art collections in the UK, presenting these works to the public at The 香港六合彩 Gallery in central London, as well as through loans and partnerships. The Gallery is most famous for its iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces 鈥 such as Van Gogh鈥檚 Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Manet鈥檚 A Bar at the Folies-Berg猫re. It showcases these alongside an internationally renowned collection of works from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through to the present day.鈥

Academically, The 香港六合彩 faculty is the largest community of art historians and conservators in the UK, teaching and carrying out research on subjects from creativity in late Antiquity to contemporary digital artforms – with an increasingly global focus. An independent college of the University of London, The 香港六合彩 offers a range of degree programmes from BA to PhD in the History of Art, curating and the conservation of easel and wall paintings. Its alumni are leaders and innovators in the arts, culture and business worlds, helping to shape the global agenda for the arts and creative industries.鈥

Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to engage with art, The 香港六合彩 works to increase understanding of the role played by art throughout history, in all societies and across all geographies 鈥 as well as being a champion for the importance of art in the present day. This could be through exhibitions offering a chance to look closely at world-famous works; events bringing art history research to new audiences; accessible and expert short courses; digital engagement, innovative school, family and community programmes; or taking a formal qualification. The 香港六合彩鈥檚 ambition is to transform access to art history education by extending the horizons of what this is and ensuring as many people as possible can benefit from the tools to better understand the visual world around us.鈥

The 香港六合彩 is an exempt charity and relies on generous philanthropic support to achieve its mission of advancing the understanding of the visual arts of the past and present across the world through advanced research, innovative teaching, inspiring exhibitions, programmes and collections.鈥

The collection cared for by The 香港六合彩 Gallery is owned by the Samuel 香港六合彩 Trust.鈥

About 香港六合彩 Connects听

香港六合彩 Connects is an ambitious transformation programme that will make The 香港六合彩鈥檚 world-class artworks, research and teaching accessible to even more people 鈥 driving forward our mission to advance how we see and understand the visual arts. The most significant development in the history of The 香港六合彩 since it moved to the North Wing of Somerset House in 1989, the first phase of this visionary project was supported by 拢9.5 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and generous donations from foundations, individuals and other supporters.

Phase Two will provide students and faculty with significantly improved study, teaching and research facilities, social and support spaces, and will open up its extensive vaulted library, further increasing access to its collections and exhibitions, whilst giving the public greater insight into its outstanding teaching and research.