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The Burrell Collection is currently closed for a major refurbishment and is due to re-open in Spring 2021.
The Burrell’s renaissance will ensure that this world-class Collection and its home is protected for future generations to enjoy. When the Burrell reopens, more of this celebrated Collection and the fascinating stories behind it will be revealed.
The remarkable Collection holds treasures from all over the world:
- Pottery and porcelain produced in China over a 5,000-year period, making it one of the most significant collections of Chinese art in the UK
- Paintings by renowned French artists including Manet, Cézanne and over 20 paintings by Degas
- Medieval treasures including stained glass, arms and armour and over 200 tapestries which rank amongst the finest tapestries anywhere in the world.
Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) was a highly successful business man and international art collector. He and his wife Constance generously gifted their Collection of some 9,000 objects to Glasgow in 1944. The opening of the specially built Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park in 1983 served as a catalyst for the rejuvenation of Glasgow as a major cultural city. Once again, Burrell’s great legacy will help to transform Glasgow as the reopening of the Burrell in Spring 2021 will play an important role in Glasgow’s wider Tourism and Visitor Plan to increase visitor numbers by one million by 2023.
This is a major project with a cost of approximately £66 million. We are enormously grateful for the support this ambitious project has received so far. This is your opportunity to be part of this exciting and inspiring project. We invite you to help us transform this internationally significant Collection by donating and helping us on our exciting journey to unveil the newly refurbished Burrell Collection.
While the Burrell is closed, you can enjoy highlights from the collection in specially curated free exhibitions at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
The exhibition currently on display is Burrell at Kelvingrove: Collecting Chinese Treasures, which will run until Spring 2020. On show is some of the wonderful porcelain, bronze and Jade from the Chinese Dynastic periods collected by Sir William Burrell, including Tang Dynasty tomb guardian figures, elaborate forms of ritual bronzes that are more than 2,500 years old and a rare Ming Dynasty blue-and-white tankard.
The previous exhibition was Burrell at Kelvingrove: Collecting Medieval Treasures, which closed on 7 July 2019. Drawing from the range of objects collected by Sir William Burrell, the exhibition brought together some of the beautiful tapestries, stained glass and ceramics from the Collection as well as works in wood, alabaster, stone, metal and ivory.
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Sir William Burrell left his mark on the world, both as a highly successful businessman and as an international art collector and philanthropist. His gift to the people of Glasgow cannot be underestimated. The Burrell Collection is well known not only in Britain but around the world as a fine example of how one man’s vision to benefit his community and country can be realized so successfully. As the city unveils plans for a full refurbishment and redisplay of the Burrell Collection, we have the opportunity to fully realize the collection’s potential on a global stage.
Support the Burrell Collection Refurbishment
Please support us in our ambition to make the Burrell Collection one of Scotland’s leading heritage attractions for generations to come. All levels of donations are gratefully accepted and will make an important contribution to this important project.
Donate online today, or to find out more about the project please contact the Burrell Renaissance campaign team. You can call us on 0141 276 9515 or email email@example.com
In transforming Pollok Country Park, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life want to develop and celebrate the vibrant southside of the city as a place where the people of Glasgow and its visitors can experience and enjoy heritage, culture, activities and sport.
Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life are developing proposals to improve access to and within Pollok Country Park. To gather feedback on these emerging proposals, we would like to invite members of the public to a consultation event at Pollokshaws Library on 10 September from 12noon–8pm.
If you have any questions or would just like to know more, please get in touch at PollokCountryParkTransformation@glasgowlife.org.uk.
Spotlight loans and themed exhibitions
Whilst the Burrell is being refurbished, works from the Collection will be shared with audiences in Glasgow and beyond through loans and tours.Burrell Spotlight Loans and Themed Exhibitions