Event Appointed as Exhibition Designers for the Burrell Collection
Glasgow City Council’s Executive Committee have confirmed the appointment of Event to take forward the Burrell Collection’s ambitious refurbishment and redisplay plans.
Event has been appointed to deliver exhibition and interpretative design, with Gardiner & Theobald appointed to undertake the Project Management and John McAslan + Partners as Architect and Lead Designer for the refurbishment of the building.
Celestine Phelan, Executive Chair of Event said: “Ever since I heard Mark O’Neill speak - I think it was in Cork in 2005 - I wanted Event to be part of Glasgow’s commitment to use its astonishing cultural resources to advance its people and its profile.”
“We have assembled a terrific team and look forward to bringing new life and insights into the presentation of this Burrell Collection.”
James Alexander, Chief Executive of Event said: “We are thrilled by this appointment and delighted to be part of the team that will help realise Glasgow’s ambitions for the Burrell. The wide-ranging support that the project has received is testament to its national and international significance while its transformative potential is acknowledged across the UK cultural sector.”
“Our appointment is another milestone in the long and successful relationship we have had with the City and we are confident that come its re-opening, the Burrell’s refurbishment and redisplay will be regarded as being as successful as the work we have completed with Glasgow at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Riverside Museum.”
The refurbishment project will see the museum undergo its most comprehensive modernisation since opening to international acclaim in 1983. The building, which is no longer fit for purpose, will be turned into an exemplar of sustainability, transforming it from a building with a large carbon footprint, into an energy efficient, modern museum.
Plans will allow a much greater proportion of the collection to be displayed. Basement stores, open to the public for the first time, and a new central core will greatly increase access for visitors to the many artworks. Visitors will also benefit from a new learning space, and improved café and retail opportunities, while landscaped terraces will be introduced to link the museum with its parkland setting, providing a venue for events.
More than two-thirds of the fundraising target of £60 million to £66 million has been pledged to date with support from Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the UK Government.
Councillor Archie Graham, the Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Sir William’s great gift is of huge cultural importance both at home and abroad and we have a moral duty to protect and promote his outstanding legacy. Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for the development of the Burrell Collection, as we work to unlock its great potential. The appointment of world-leading practices in architecture, project management and exhibition design shows, yet again, our commitment to the city’s cultural treasures. In just a few years’ time, Sir William’s passion and lifelong commitment to building his collection will be honoured by being housed in a museum worthy of its unrivalled status.”
Sir Angus Grossart, commented: “The brief is challenging in combining the refurbishment of an iconic building with ambitions to vitalise visitor engagement with the world-class Collection. It is an excellent foundation on which to optimise the Burrell’s potential whilst retaining the character and strengths of the building. The appointments of Gardiner & Theobald LLP, John McAslan + Partners and Event Communications promises a new chapter for the Burrell Collection.”
James Robinson, Director of Burrell Renaissance said: “We would like to thank all those who took part in the process. The appointed design teams show a great understanding and confidence in their ability to create innovative solutions that will allow us to open up the Collection whilst maintaining the quality and integrity of the existing building. We are delighted that the appointed design teams have the breadth of expertise to deliver an integrated response at a world-class level.”
Porcelain dish, Chinese, K’ang Hsi period. Courtesy of Glasgow Museums. (Article Page)
Self Portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn (1632). Courtesy, Glasgow Museums. (News Page)