Inspiring Art and Music


Inspiring Art and Music is a redevelopment project which will transform the Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and War Memorial through significant investment in the fabric of the buildings, new exhibition and display galleries and improved facilities for visitors. There will be fresh opportunities to see the exceptional collections held in the Art Gallery and to access our unique cultural heritage.

This complex of buildings is held with great affection as a place for recreation, education, learning, reflection and inspiration. Many generations of local people first discovered art and culture in these buildings, through visiting exhibitions, listening to concerts, talks and lectures - inspiring a lifelong love of music, culture and heritage. But the complex has evolved in rather piecemeal fashion over its 127 year lifespan and the time is right to address this.

I believe we have an exciting, once-in-a-generation chance to do something special for Aberdeen by rejuvenating and improving three much-loved buildings which individually and jointly contribute to the City's architecturally important townscape. By doing this we can create a world class cultural centre which celebrates art and music and is at the heart of civic and cultural life.

Christine Rew

Art Gallery and Museums Manager