In 2017 Hatton Gallery underwent a £3.8 million redevelopment supported by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The redevelopment project involved conserving the historic and architectural elements of the Grade II listed building while creating a modern exhibition space. Work included enhancing the Edwardian architecture, improving visitor facilities such as introducing flexible facilities to display the gallery’s distinctive permanent collection, as well as improved lighting and more efficient environmental controls.
A new dedicated multi-purpose learning space was created to enable students, community groups and researchers to engage with collections and archive material. The picture store was rebuilt and enlarged to ensure the Hatton’s extensive collection is preserved for future generations.
The funding also enabled urgent conservation and better interpretation of the iconic Merz Barn Wall by Kurt Schwitters, one of the most significant figures in 20th century art. The wall was brought to the gallery in 1965 and incorporated into the fabric of the building. Find out more
The Hatton’s diverse collection includes over 3,000 works from the 14th – 20th centuries with extensive archive material including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and textiles, and material connected to the history of the Gallery, such as exhibition posters designed and printed in the art school.
The Hatton Gallery redevelopment would not have been possible without generous support from trusts and foundations as well as groups and individuals.
Thank you to all our donors and in particular:
Brian and Denise Taylorson
Geoffrey and Ann Purves
Matt and Evelyne Rugg
Mark and Jill Scrimshaw
Sue Wilson CBE
Special thanks to Ray and Jeanette Wilson for their donation in memory of Lawrence Caffery, Friend of the Hatton.