The Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, announced on Tuesday that she is approving a grant of €490,000 to the National Gallery of Ireland to contribute to essential commissioning and re-hanging works prior to the reopening of the Gallery’s historic Milltown and Dargan wings.
The Minister’s announcement comes as the major refurbishment and renovation works at the Gallery, costing more than €30 million, enter their final stage. The historic Miltown and Dargan wings are being completely refurbishment to bring them up to international standards.
Speaking on Tuesday Minister Humphreys said:
“The renovation of the historic Milltown and Dargan wings of the National Gallery has been the most significant capital project in our National Cultural Institutions over the past decade. It is the biggest and most ambitious refurbishment work to take place at the Gallery since it opened in 1864. Once completed, the works will transform the Gallery into a world class exhibition space.
“The expanded National Gallery will be a wonderful addition to our cultural infrastructure. As this project nears completion, a number of other significant investment projects in our cultural institutions are getting underway, including the €10 million upgrading works at the National Library and an €8 million investment at the National Archives.
“It is expected that the refurbishment work at the National Gallery will be completed in September and that the refurbished wings will be re-opened to the public in the first quarter of 2017. The renovation of the Gallery will bring it up to the very best international standards and will allow it to hold world class exhibitions of both Irish and international art.”