Gallery to open late due to demand to see exhibition

21 March 2012

Due to the popularity of its major spring exhibition, From Van Gogh to Vettriano, Hidden Gems from Private Collections, Aberdeen Art Gallery has organised two special late night openings.

Visitor numbers to the gallery have doubled to see this outstanding selection of paintings and sculpture drawn from a number of collections in the North-east.

The exhibition has attracted record audiences since it opened on Saturday 04 February; more than 6,000 visitors viewed the exhibition in each of the first 2 weeks of the show and weekends have seen up to 2,000 visitors.

The gallery, café and shop will open late until 8pm on Thursday 05 April and Thursday 12 April so new visitors and return visitors can view the exhibition before it ends on Saturday 14 April.

The display features works by Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, British artists Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and modern masters Lucian Freud and R.B. Kitaj. Jack Vettriano’s iconic work The Singing Butler has been a particular draw for all ages.

The exhibition was curated by Jennifer Melville, Lead Curator (Art) and together with her colleagues Ann Steed, Griffin Co and Olga Ferguson, wrote the exhibition catalogue. It highlights all the works on display and has been one of the gallery’s fastest selling publications.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Manager Christine Rew said: “We are delighted that so many people have come to see this outstanding selection of paintings and sculpture drawn from a number of collections in the North-east.

The two special late night openings have been arranged in direct response to public demand.

I hope new and returning visitors will take up the opportunity to see the exhibition after work and enjoy something to eat in the café. Copies of the book that accompanies the exhibition have been flying off the shelves and I’d encourage anyone wanting a copy to buy now before they sell out.”

The gallery’s learning team has provided tours for a large number of groups from both Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire primary and secondary schools, along with special interest groups. The exhibition inspired painting workshops for adults in February and those for young people aged 14-19 years old will take place in April.