arts & culture
Linlithgow’s new-look Burgh Halls reopen
West Lothian Council has announced the full reopening of the historic Burgh Halls in Linlithgow, following a £5.2m revamp. Te property benefited from an exten-
sive overhaul and restoration of its features, with a new interactive display exploring its history available in the reception. Burgh Halls also features a gallery and
the Glasshouse Café, while local com- munity groups will also make use of the building. Malcolm Fraser Architects were behind the design of the redevelopment.
July launch for Welsh museum pETE HAymAN
Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales has revealed that the country’s new National Museum of Art is scheduled to open its doors to the public on 21 July. Located at National
Museum Cardiff, the attrac- tion will allow Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales to exhibit its collection of artworks across a series of integrated galleries. Te museum’s West Wing
will boast six new contempo- rary art galleries following the £6.5m scheme, having previously only had one gallery in which to display its collection. Work at the attraction will provide nearly
800sq m (8,611sq ft) of space in which to exhibit Welsh art, with the opening exhibi- tion earmarked to feature artists such as Josef Herman and Shani Rhys James.
Long is the new director of the V&A at Dundee
Long appointed director of V&A at Dundee museum
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art senior curator Philip Long has been named director of the V&A at Dundee. Long, who also leads the National
Galleries of Scotland’s Artist Rooms proj- ect, will take on the responsibility for establishing the waterfront museum as an international centre for design. In addition to his role at the Scottish
National Gallery of Modern Art since 1998, Long has also served on the Scottish Arts Lottery Committee between 2003-10.
Swansea moves to secure Dylan Thomas legacy
Swansea Council and the University of Wales are in the final stage of talks over a new deal that could preserve the city’s long- term legacy of Dylan Tomas. It is hoped that an agreement will be
struck that will see the Dylan Thomas Centre retain its name and becoming home to an exhibition dedicated to the poet. Te new deal will also see the attraction
housing one of the world’s highest cash prizes for young writers – the University of Wales Dylan Tomas Prize.
14 Te new National Museum of Art is located at National Museum Cardiff Alwyn Jones Penseiri Architects are behind
the design of the scheme, which has been deliv- ered by OPCO Construction. Faithful and Gould, Davis Langdon and
Arup have also comprised the project team that has been involved with the new National Museum of Art development.
LED lighting for London’s National Gallery pETE HAymAN
London’s National Gallery has confirmed that it is to install new light emitting diode (LED) lighting over the next two years. Te attraction will become one of the first in the world to use the system, which will work in
conjunction with another that adjusts external roof light blinds according to sunlight. LED lighting will then be used to augment
the natural light where necessary, compared with the current system that is more abrupt and distracting to visitors.
Summer reopening for Theatr Colwyn pETE HAymAN
Colwyn Bay’s Teatr Colwyn – one of the oldest operating venues of its kind in Wales – is to reopen this summer, fol- lowing a redevelopment. Last September, the Welsh
Assembly Government approved £500,000 of funding towards the venue’s resto- ration as part of the North Wales Strategic Regeneration Area Programme. Conwy Council also con-
tributed £238,000 as part of its Bay Life+ initiative to help fund the work, which has included a complete over- haul of the front-of-house areas. Te upstairs bar has been relocated to the
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Teatr Colwyn is one of the oldest operating venues of its kind in Wales General manager Sarah Ecob said: “In addi-
foyer and a new box office has been created. Disabled access has also been improved.
tion to all the issues raised by the long history of the building, this is an intricate project in a small building with limited access.”
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