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Burrell receives £1 million gift from banker Sir Angus

Burrell: extensive refurbishment

Sir Angus Grossart, the investment banker, has donated £1 million to help the refurbishment of the Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

The funding will help towards the £66m plan to reconfigure the museum in Pollok Country Park and the 9,000 objects bequeathed by Sir William Burrell. Glasgow City Council is meeting 50% of the overall project cost.

The refurbishment will see the gallery space increase by 35% and public space increase by 83%, allowing important and unique objects from Burrell’s Collection which have not been seen for decades or have never been on permanent display to go on show for visitors to enjoy. 

Families, adult groups, children and young people will also benefit from a new bespoke Learning and Community wing which will provide spaces for a programme of events and activities.

Sir Angus Grossart

Sir Angus Grossart: gift (pic: Terry Murden)


More than 125 companies, trusts and foundations, and individuals have pledged support which includes a £15m National Lottery grant.  

Sir Angus, who is chairman of the Burrell Renaissance, said: “Sir William’s gift is an international flagship for Glasgow. Much has moved on since the initial priority of creating a home for the Collection.

“The Burrell Collection now needs a real renaissance which will place the true significance of Sir William’s legacy and Collection within the international league where it should be set.

“The challenge is highly ambitious, but what a privilege it is for our generation to be asked to rise to that call and to take forward this great inheritance. Glasgow has been defined by international aspirations and cultural reach.

“Sir William entrusted his life’s work to the city he called home. Mindful always of his wishes, we are seeking to secure much wider recognition of his vision and achievements. We still have £3 million to raise and we hope more people will help us and support this great opportunity.”

Chairman of Glasgow Life, and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor David McDonald, said: “Few collections command both the international respect and local affection that the Burrell enjoys – a remarkable legacy of Sir William and Lady Burrell’s gift to Glasgow that has enriched the city socially, culturally and economically. 

“This very generous gift from Sir Angus, along with his valued ongoing support and advocacy, will ensure that legacy will be appreciated for generations to come.”

James Robinson, Director, Burrell Renaissance, commented: “Sir Angus’s commitment to the project as Chair of the Burrell Renaissance has shaped its ambition and strategy from the outset.  We are enormously grateful to him for this hugely generous gift as further evidence of his passion for the Burrell Collection and his belief in its ability to reach global audiences for generations to come.” 

A key aspect of the Burrell Renaissance has been the introduction of a clear and ambitious international strategy to facilitate international research and curatorial exchange.

Current exhibitions of works from the Burrell’s Collection include Courbet, Degas, Cézanne… Chefs-d’oeuvre réalistes et impressionistes de la collection Burrell, at the Musée Cantini, Marseilles, from 18 May to 23 September 2018, and a rotating series of exhibitions at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.


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