National Museum Wales (Amgueddfa Cymru) has been awarded funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery to offer visitors a broad range of exhibitions and activities at its national museum in Cardiff.
This support of £100,000 will allow National Museum Cardiff to further develop its programme over the next 12 months and share Wales's national collections with more people. From sculpture to landscape, wildlife photography and the UK's biggest contemporary art prize, National Museum Cardiff has a feast of exhibitions and events in 2014.
The major exhibition Richard Wilson: The Transformation of European Art, which will run from 5th July to 26th October, will mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wilson, perhaps Wales's greatest artist. Before Wilson, British artists painted the landscape to record its appearance. Wilson showed how landscape paintings could have layers of meaning and convey mood and emotions too.
Seeing Nature is a new family exhibition which will give visitors an opportunity to experience an insect's-eye view of the world and get up close and personal with natural history objects under the microscope. This fantastic exhibit will run from 19th July until April next year.
Andkick-starting National Museum Wales's First World War commemoration programme is The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals, an exhibitionfeaturing works by some of Britain's finest artists such as Welsh painters Augustus John and Frank Brangwyn. Visitors will be able to view this exhibit from 2nd August until January next year.
Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £36.9 Million for good causes to date and this is the start of long-term and vital support for National Museum Wales's work. Kate Pearson, Deputy Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "We are absolutely thrilled to be announcing our support of National Museum Wales. It's great that the £100,000 award from players of People's Postcode Lottery will enable the organisation to offer an improved range of exhibitions and reach out to new sections of the community. We hope that all visitors relish the opportunity to visit these new exhibitions."
David Anderson, Director General of National Museum Wales, added, "In this current financial climate, we depend on external support to continue our work in caring for and sharing Wales's national collections. Thanks to the generous support of players of People's Postcode Lottery, we can make sure that National Museum Cardiff continues to offer visitors a diverse and innovative programme and reach out to more people than ever before."
National Museum Wales operates seven museums across Wales - National Museum Cardiff, the National History Museum, the National Roman Legion Museum, the National Coal Museum, the National Wool Museum, the National Slate Museum and the National Waterfront Museum. Entry to all of these museums is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Government.