Over the course of the gallery’s 80th year a series of exhibitions will celebrate the city’s internationally renowned collection.
The gallery first opened to the public on 26 April 1939 and 80 years on, guided by a rigorous collecting policy stipulating guidance from the National Gallery and now Tate, the permanent collection holds over 5,300 works and has been awarded Designated status.
For the first time since 1939, paintings which featured in the original exhibition go on display. Alongside this will be contemporary work by artists who have won, or been shortlisted for, the Turner Prize. Focusing on the gallery’s curators and their relationships with artists, this display will highlight the successful history of purchasing artists on the cusp of their journey to becoming household names.
Later in the year, a selection of recent acquisitions will demonstrate how the collection continues to grow through gifts, bequests and purchases.