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Royal Museum seeks funds - Saatchi donates gallery - Canterbury towers saved - new era for Pump House
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Royal Museum seeks funds

National Museums Scotland has launched a fundraising campaign to install a “wall of wonders” at the refurbished Royal Museum building in Edinburgh. More than 1,000 objects from the museum’s collection will be displayed on the wall, which will comprise two 18-metre towers. The £46m initiative to transform the building is scheduled for completion next summer.  

Saatchi donates gallery

UK collector Charles Saatchi is donating his gallery and more than 200 works by artists such as Tracey Emin (My Bed, pictured above) and Richard Wilson to the nation. “The gallery is in discussion with government departments about who would own the works on behalf of the nation,” said a spokeswoman. The Saatchi Gallery, based off Kings Road, is to be renamed the Museum of Contemporary Art for London.

Canterbury towers saved

Canterbury City Council has agreed to lease West Gate Towers to local businessman Charles Lambie, who has invested £250,000 to keep the institution open. The Conservative-controlled council needs to save £112,600 over the next two years, raising fears that the museum faced closure.

New era for Pump House   

Following a cost-cutting exercise by Wandsworth council, the Pump House art gallery, located in Battersea Park, will not operate as a dedicated contemporary art space from December. “We have transferred its management to our arts and events teams, who have new ideas about how this important facility can be opened up with a broader programme of arts activities,” said a statement.

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