An £8.2m donation by leading philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield will benefit 11 cultural organisations in the UK
London. An £8.2m donation by leading philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield will benefit 11 cultural organisations in the UK. The money will go towards the development of new creative learning spaces for young people at institutions including Tate Britain and Kensington Palace. “Now more than ever, I believe that culture should be at the heart of our children’s learning,” said Duffield.
Tate Britain will receive the largest chunk of the donation, with £2.5m going towards two new educational spaces, named after her Clore Duffield Foundation, as part of a £45m renovation project designed by architect Caruso St John. Kensington Palace, currently undergoing a £12m redevelopment that is scheduled to open in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, is being granted £500,000 towards a new Clore Learning Centre. Other London institutions benefitting from the donation include the National Theatre, which will receive £2.5m, and the Donmar Warehouse, which will get £500,000,
Seven of the grants go to institutions outside the capital. New Clore Learning Studios are being created at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and at Manchester’s Whitworth gallery, which will each receive £250,000. Bath’s Holburne Museum and Cornwall’s Porthcurno Telegraph Museum are being granted £125,000. The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon will receive £1m for a learning centre, while the Museum of Liverpool will receive £200,000 towards a new children’s gallery called “Little Liverpool”.
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