The Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that she is approving a grant of €490,000 to the National Gallery of Ireland to contribute to essential commissioning and re-hanging works prior to the reopening of the Gallery's historic Milltown and Dargan wings.
The Minister's announcement comes as the major refurbishment and renovation works at the Gallery, costing more than €30 million, enter their final stage. The historic Miltown and Dargan wings are being completely refurbishment to bring them up to international standards.
Speaking earlier this week, Minister Humphreys said, "The renovation of the historic Milltown and Dargan wings of the National Gallery has been the most significant capital project in our National Cultural Institutions over the past decade. It is the biggest and most ambitious refurbishment work to take place at the Gallery since it opened in 1864. Once completed, the works will transform the Gallery into a world class exhibition space.
She added, "I am happy to approve this capital funding of €490,000, which will help the Gallery to prepare for the re-opening of the Dargan and Milltown wings. In particular, the grant will fund commissioning and re-hanging works.
"The expanded National Gallery will be a wonderful addition to our cultural infrastructure. As this project nears completion, a number of other significant investment projects in our cultural institutions are getting underway, including the €10 million upgrading works at the National Library and an €8 million investment at the National Archives."
The refurbishment work at the National Gallery is scheduled to be completed in September, with the refurbished wings to reopen in spring 2017.