Scottish National Portrait Gallery to Receive £2M Funding Boost

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LONDON.- Portrait of the Nation, the project to renovate and revitalise the Scottish National Portrait Gallery has received a £2 million funding boost from Scottish Government. Thanks to this additional grant, the initial target for the first phase of the fund-raising campaign has been reached. The renovations to the building can be completed, the new services introduced and the original features restored, allowing the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery, which opened in 1889 to be fully utilised. The completed Portrait Gallery will open on 30 November 2011. Minister for Culture Fiona Hyslop said: “The renovated National Portrait Gallery will be a celebration of Scottish art, culture and history displaying one of our most valued collections in an impressive and innovative space in time for the Year of Creativity in 2012. We have been a strong sup