Granton Waterfront: National Galleries of Scotland launches second public consultation on North Edinburgh art installations
A second public consultation on The Art Works – part of Edinburgh City Council’s £1.3billion Granton Waterfront regeneration project – is underway.
It takes into account the feedback received during a pre-development consultation held in June 2022.
Plans have been developed to acknowledge and respond where possible to community feedback on preferred routes for the trails, to make the entry area more open for multi-purpose activities, and to improve bike access and storage .
Members of the public are invited to share their views on the latest proposals by September 16, before a full planning application is submitted to council in fall/winter 2022.
The Art Works is designed with a unique dual purpose. First, it will be a base for over 100,000 works of art to care for, preserve and research. Second, the building will be a key focal point for community investment, pride and growth.
Located on a site west of Madelvic House on Granton Park Avenue, in one of the most diverse but socio-economically deprived areas of Scotland, The Art Works will be fully accessible and open to all.
According to the National Galleries of Scotland, the building will provide world-class visitor facilities, rooms for educational and community programs, and new outdoor public spaces.
Each of these elements will be designed to meet the needs and help realize the spirit and ambition of the local community.
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Sir John Leighton, Chief Executive of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in The Art Works’ pre-planning consultation event earlier this summer.
“Their feedback has been crucial in helping us refine our proposals to future-proof our collection facilities and meet the needs of communities in North Edinburgh.
“This new consultation provides new opportunities for people to engage and help us together deliver a truly transformative building that works for everyone.”
Formerly known as the National Collection Facility, proposals for such a building have been in the early stages of concept development since 2015.
Now known as The Art Works, the new project aims to bring Scotland’s vast and extraordinary national art collection together in one evolving location.
At present, the collection is stored at several sites where access and space are extremely limited, logistics are difficult and conditions are not optimal to allow the realization of the full potential for public access, preservation and research; and also to allow works to be made available for exhibition and loan purposes.
The Art Works will be instrumental in addressing each of these issues, enabling much wider access and engagement with Scotland’s artistic treasures.
Comments must be made by September 16, the consultation closing date.