Scottish Museum to Embark on New Fundraising Campaign

Scottish Museum to Embark on New Fundraising Campaign
Fresh off a successful fund-raising campaign toward the purchase of a £50 million Titian painting, the National Galleries of Scotland have announced that they will move ahead with a £17.4 million renovation of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Scotsman reports.

The museum reportedly will have to raise £7.6 million toward the cost, but according to director general John Leighton, over £1 million has already been secured and the institution is expecting final approval on a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £4.8 million.

Leighton believes that the success of the campaign to purchase Titian’s Diana and Actaeon “shows what you can do with momentum.”

Although he acknowledges that it is a difficult economic climate for fund-raising, “it's much, much easier to be attracting interest and fund-raising on the back of success, than it is either not to have tried at all or to have failed.”  

The renovation of the portrait gallery, which includes iconic portraits of such figures as Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott, is scheduled to begin in April and is expected to last three years.