In April we blogged that the builders had moved in, kindly refurbishing the forecourt with their personal compound. After all of their hard work (and fair share of noise) the new gallery space and storage for the Permanent Collection has materialised.
The process took several stages. All non-essential surfaces were removed and the rooms were gutted. Basic amenities had to be considered with plumbing re-routed and electrics re-wired. The walls of the storage room had to be reinforced with new joists to be able to withstand the weight of the Museum quality racking.
The cube space had new walls, security alarms and CCTV – all mod cons. The previous storage space is now transformed into an environment fit for exhibiting with the added bonus of an accessibility lift. The Permanent Collection is hoped to be introduced to its refurbished home by the Autumn exhibition.
The first exhibit to have the honour of christening the new space is the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Graduating students are exhibiting their work until the 30th June – not long now so come and visit quickly! The exhibit explores costume, scenic art and theatre design. These fresh young eyes have cast a new light on classical and contemporary theatre, with the walls of Macbeth screaming to be touched and the Fedden gallery alive with mannequins. Have a look here www.oldvic.ac.uk for more information on the newest faces in the theatre world.