National Museum Wales seeks funds for art scheme

Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales (NMW) is kicking off its centenary celebrations with an exhibition in London that will be used …
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Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales (NMW) is kicking off its centenary celebrations with an exhibition in London that will be used to gather fundraising support for the £5.4m redisplay of its art collection at the National Museum Cardiff at Cathays Park.

Art Treasures of Wales will be at Christie's from 14-17 January and NMW is hoping it will help find funders for the remaining £1.7m it needs to redevelop the national museum's West Wing, which is expected to open in late 2008 or early 2009.

This will be the first significant rehang of the art collection in 20 years and is a step towards creating a stand-alone national gallery of art for Wales, which will be a multi-million ound project. NMW has been given a grant from the National Assembly of Wales to carry out a feasibility study for the gallery and the results are expected this summer.

Michael Houlihan, the director general of NMW, said: 'The ambition is to open a national gallery of art for Wales between 2015 and 2020, but we have to start work now. The redevelopment at Cathays Park will give clarity to our collections.'

This year will also see NMW working on plans to redevelop St Fagans as the national history museum for Wales.

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