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The Final Straight – Scottish National Portrait Gallery Finishing Touches

November 10, 2011

Temporary Office with Portrait Gallery

We are on the final straight now. By the time we welcome our first visitors it will have been four full-time years of Portrait of the Nation for me.

Above is the temporary office I share with Willie Dickson and Anne Buddle: The Command Module.

The first few works are up

But there can be no flagging, for there is still plenty to be done. The first batch of what will be about 1000 light fittings arrived today – made in Scotland and of pioneering LED (light emitting diode) design. The light quality in the trials looked terrific and the energy consumption will be about one fifth of the tungsten equivalents. Althought it is a measure of how naturally bright the building now is that we have hardly noticed the lack of artificial lighting.

A fully hung gallery!
Those pictures that have been hung look revived in their new surroundings.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Meredith Greiling permalink
    November 10, 2011 5:42 pm

    It looks wonderful; I can’t wait to visit in person.

  2. Marjory & Hamish Archibald permalink
    November 20, 2011 5:32 pm

    A Preview Tour guided by James Holloway showed his pride in the achievement of ensuring Scotland now has a world -class Gallery in Queen Street. We anticipate many visits of exploration and infinite enjoyment. Thank-you to all the team. M.& H.Archibald


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