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Courtauld Connects is a major, multi-million-pound transformation project.

It is the biggest development programme since The Courtauld Institute of Art moved to Somerset House in 1989 and will enable The Courtauld significantly to improve teaching and research facilities, enhance the Gallery and widen and extend our reach locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Adapting our historic building into an accessible estate appropriate for contemporary audiences
  • Improving Gallery, conservation and academic facilities, enabling deeper connections between curating, teaching and research
  • Enhancing the quality of the experience for visitors, students and staff
  • Exciting new audiences and expanding public engagement with The Courtauld’s collections, heritage expertise, research and programmes
  • A new Public Research Forum, ‘Open Courtauld’, providing audiences nationally and internationally with a platform for debate, as well as sharing knowledge about topical and important issues in the arts
  • Making all our image collections accessible through digitisation
  • Contributing to the future, long-term, sustainability of The Courtauld.

The project has two phases:

  • Phase one: Will focus on improving the building’s accessibility, visitor experience, and the care of our internationally-renowned collection. The Gallery Fine Rooms and the Prints and Drawings Study Room will be closed during this time, but key parts of the collection will remain on display in London in a temporary location. We also plan to display parts of the collection at regional and international venues. Some teaching may be relocated nearby at times.
  • Phase two: Will provide state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Planning permission and listed building consent was granted by Westminster City Council in September 2017. You can view the plans submitted on the council’s website. It is anticipated that construction for phase one will start in January 2019.

View the proposed floor plans.

Alternatively please see the links below for our Design and Access Statement which sets out in more detail our design proposals:

Design and Access Statement – Part 1

Design and Access Statement – Part 2

The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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