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Swansea's Glynn Vivian Art Gallery will be re-opening to the public on Saturday October 15 following the completion of a multi-million pound redevelopment and restoration project.

The refurbishment to the original building will include new spaces for lectures, expert conservation works, touring exhibitions and collection displays. There’ll also be a new state-of-the-art extension linking the historic parts of the Gallery. Behind the scenes, a new collection store for artworks has also been added, as well as a fully-accessible entrance that means more people than ever will enjoy greatly improved access to the artworks.

The redevelopment and restoration project has been funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Swansea Council, the Welsh Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Funding was also secured through the Building Enhancement Programme grant scheme run by Swansea Council and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The Friends of the Glynn Vivian have also had a key part to play, helping guide the preservation of Swansea’s landmark contemporary and historic art venue.

For the reopening, the gallery has an exhibition of ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, on their final venue of a tour to just four galleries in the UK and Ireland. In the gallery’s atrium, international artist Lindsay Seers’ upturned boat piece, Nowhere Less Now, will be shown, on loan courtesy of The Artangel Collection. The gallery has also invited artists who have exhibited in Swansea in the past, from Latin America, China, South Africa and Wales, to present their work in an exhibition called Out of Darkness.