Museums Sheffield have announced a new forthcoming programme of improvements and redisplay at the Graves Gallery, made possible through a generous five-year funding grant from the Ampersand Foundation. The Gallery will undergo an initial six-month period of refurbishment and redisplay before reopening in late spring 2021.
The Graves Gallery is located on the top floor of Sheffield’s Central Library, one of the city centre’s landmark buildings. Opened in 1934, it is home to Sheffield’s visual art collection, with displays featuring works by greats from JMW Turner and Cezanne to Bridget Riley and Grayson Perry. The historic building is in need of significant investment and has been identified as a priority by owners Sheffield City Council. The council, in collaboration with Museums Sheffield, hope to develop an ambitious plan for the future of Central Library & Graves Gallery when the funding landscape, greatly affected by COVID-19, allows.
Support from the Ampersand Foundation will ensure that over the next five years the Graves Gallery will enjoy a new lease of life; the funding will enable improvements to the Gallery that will provide inspiring, engaging cultural experiences for the people of Sheffield and beyond, as well as enabling them to help shape its future. The Ampersand Foundation funding will support a series of much-needed improvements in the gallery, conservation of the city’s art collection, work with schools and artists, and more.