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LOCHHEAD CALLS FOR NATIONAL COLLECTION TO COME TO MORAY

06/04/2017  

Moray’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, Richard Lochhead, is calling for works from the National Galleries of Scotland to be displayed in Moray.

The Moray MSP discussed the idea of bringing some of the exhibitions from the Galleries to Moray at a recent meeting with Sir John Leighton the Director-General of the National Galleries Scotland.

The Director-General has said that he is happy to explore the option of displaying some of Scotland’s most famous art works in Moray and has since announced that famous paintings such as the recently acquired Monarch of the Glen will tour the country. 

National Galleries Scotland are now in discussions about the possibility of a series of exhibitions in Moray  and Mr Lochhead is keen to ensure that people in Moray can enjoy even more of these national and international pieces of art in one or two locations in Moray.

Commenting, Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“I am very keen for people in Moray to enjoy Scotland’s most famous art on their own doorstep and to make it more accessible so it would be great if Moray could be host to some of these exhibitions.

“Since I met Sir John, the National Galleries have acquired Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen and confirmed that such famous paintings are being considered as part of a nationwide tour.

“Bringing pieces of work from the National Galleries of Scotland to Moray would be a huge draw in taking visitors in to the area and give a boost to the local economy.  I have no doubt that people would come from far and near to see these fantastic works of art that are internationally renowned.

“I was pleased to be able to raise the prospect of Moray displaying some of the ‘superstar’ works directly with Sir John and I am delighted that he is exploring the possibility.  It really would be wonderful if we were able to have some of the most famous pieces of art in the world exhibited in Moray and I look forward to seeing them displayed when they come here.”

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