NewsLondon’s art galleries are re-opening with plans in place

June 30, 20200
Since 4 July, galleries across England have been allowed to re-open, says Nupur Trivedi


While some galleries are still working out how to implement hygiene and social distancing measures, others have plans in place and official opening dates. 

Tate Modern
Guildhall Art Gallery

No reopening dates have been announced yet.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery will reopen on 8 July.

The space will implement a number of safety measures such as pre-booked time slots, one-way routes and designated entry and exit doors.

Two exhibitions have been extended: Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age (to 20 Sep 2020) and Titian: Love, Desire, Death (to 17 Jan 2021).

National Portrait Gallery  

The National Portrait Gallery will remain closed until spring 2023.

While closed, the gallery will undergo a major refurbishment.

Key works from its collection will be on display in other institutions around the UK. These include the National Gallery, the National Trust, Royal Museums Greenwich, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and more.

The Photographers’ Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery will reopen to the public on 14 July.

The gallery will initially operate on reduced opening hours so that staff and visitors can avoid travelling during peak times. Timed entry, reduced capacity, one-way routes and hand sanitiser stations will all also be implemented upon opening.

Meanwhile, staff will also wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Queen’s Gallery  

No reopening dates have been announced yet.

Royal Academy of Arts (The RA)

The RA will reopen to Friends of the RA (9-12 Jul) and to the public from 16 July.

The gallery will initially be open four days a week, with reduced opening hours.

It is essential for visitors to pre-book tickets and wear a face covering. The building will operate with a one-way route to manage social distancing.

The Picasso and Paper exhibition, which was initially meant to end in April, has been extended (to 9 Aug).

The Royal Academy of Art’s Summer Exhibition 2016 © David Parry
Saatchi Gallery

No reopening dates have been announced yet.

Serpentine Gallery

Cao Fei: Blueprints is re-opening from 4 August.

Entry remains free but visitors must book a time slot in advance.

Visitors are also required to wear a face covering in the gallery, and to take advantage of the hand sanitiser station. At the moment, group sizes are limited to six people.

The Serpentine © Greywolf and The Royal Parks
The Tate galleries

The Tate Modern and Tate Britain will reopen on 27 July.

Both galleries will have stringent safety procedures in place, including pre-booked timed tickets, one-way routes, hand sanitiser stations and contactless payment.

The Andy Warhol exhibition will remain in place at Tate Modern (to 6 Sep), while Steve McQueen’s Year 3 project has been extended at Tate Britain (to 31 Jan 2021).

Chris Johnson

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