Aberdeen Art Gallery Delay

The renovation of the Aberdeen Art Gallery at Sighthill was meant to be nearing completion, but once again the opening date has been pushed back.

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The renovation of the Aberdeen Art Gallery was delayed last week - the third such delay since the project began. 

The gallery, which closed in 2015, was originally scheduled to reopen in December 2017, but the date was pushed back to late 2018 or early 2019. It has now been delayed again until Autumn 2019.  

Despite this, the construction work is expected to be completed within the next few weeks, followed by a fit-out, with Cowdray hall and the Remembrance Hall also being redeveloped. 

The £30 million redesign was originally agreed by Aberdeen City Council by a 27-13 vote in 2013. The Conservative-Labour coalition leading the council has been criticised for the delay by Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart, as well as the SNP council group leader Stephen Flynn and council co-leader Douglas Lumsden 

There is good news for the venue, however: the gallery will be the only one in Scotland to play host to the British Art Show 9.  

The Hayward Touring Gallery’s show-which is staged every five years-drew over 300,000 people during its 2015-17 tour will be hosted by the gallery during its visit to Aberdeen. Wolverhampton and Plymouth will also host the show after its opening in Manchester in 2020.

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