Aberdeen Art Gallery Royal Official Opening



Duchess of Rothesay, Duke of Rothesay, and Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeen City Barney Crockett at the official opening.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay today officially opened the Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Their Royal Highnesses were accompanied on their visit to the Art Gallery by Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeen City Barney Crockett.

The Royal Party visited the gallery, where they met the staff and team members who carried out the historic redevelopment of the art gallery between 2015 and 2019. Organizations represented included Hoskins Architects, Studioarc Design and the Friends Aberdeen Archives, Galleries and Museums. .

The main funders of the project are Aberdeen City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with financial support from other government agencies, businesses, trusts and foundations, many of whom were also represented on that day.

During the visit, the Duke of Rothesay visited the Balmoral phenomenon gallery where Her Royal Highness saw clothing belonging to Frances Farquharson, former flamboyant publisher of Harper’s Bazaar, and lord of Invercauld Estate, Braemar. She was known for her love of fashion and striking tartan sets. In 1996, much of her wardrobe was donated to Aberdeen Archives, Galleries and Museums.

The Duchess of Rothesay met students from Hanover Street Primary School, who recently participated in the Art Chat Project – along with curators and members of the learning team, they examined selected paintings on display, explored the stories and the inspiration behind them, and recorded their responses for visitors to listen to on the Art Gallery‘s audio + Music system.

Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “It is a tremendous honor to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay to the official opening of the Aberdeen Art Gallery. The art gallery is home to one of the UK’s finest collections, and the ambitious redevelopment project has created a safe, welcoming and inspiring civic space for both residents of Aberdeen and visitors to the city. .

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