Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum reopens as The Wilson
After months of waiting and millions of pounds Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum finally reopened as The Wilson on Saturday.
Just shy of £6million has been spent on modernising and redeveloping the building in Clarence Street and hundreds of people went through the doors on day one to get a glimpse of the new look venue.
The Wilson is spread out over four floors, featuring two temporary exhibition galleries, a permanent arts and crafts display, the town’s Tourist Information Centre and a new ground floor café bistro.
There is also the Guild at 51 shop which showcases the work of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, selling all sorts of crafts on site.
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Cheltenham Borough Council is hoping The Wilson, designed by architects Berman Guedes Stretton, will become nationally and internationally renowned, attracting visitors to the town to boost tourism.
The re-launch of the gallery sees the work of Gloucestershire-based glass artist Colin Reid on display along with an exhibition put together by The Times newspaper, called Newseum which shows how news has changed over the years.
Councillor Rowena Hay (LD, Oakley), cabinet member for leisure and culture, said the gallery and museum “will be the perfect destination for local residents and visitors to Gloucestershire and the wider Cotswolds”.
The Wilson is free to visit and is open every day between 9.30am and 5.15pm.