The Scottish National Gallery project is due for completion in summer 2023

A new gallery space at the Scottish National Gallery is due to be completed next summer as the main building works are due to finish this year.

The major project is entering its final phase, after which visitors will be able to access a new suite of galleries focusing on Scottish art by Phoebe Anna Traquair, William McTaggart, Anne Redpath, Sir Henry Raeburn and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The new space will see exhibits drawn from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) alongside loans from other art institutions.

The Gallery said its vision for the Scottish National Gallery project, which began in October 2018, was to “ensure that as many people as possible can experience and enjoy our art and our activities. Exhibitions in the new galleries will be directly informed by extensive research into the needs of existing and potential clients. [email protected]

The creation of the new gallery space, which will feature large windows and views over Princes Street Gardens, has involved extensive excavation beneath the existing building and its location on the mound.

National Galleries of Scotland chief executive Sir John Leighton said reaching the final stage of the Scottish National Gallery project “has been no small feat, given the unique set of construction challenges facing the project faces, all in the very difficult context of the global pandemic.

“With these now largely overcome, our attention can now focus on preparing the new galleries for a joyous and festive unveiling next year.”

During the construction phase, an engagement and outreach program for the project was also put in place, involving schools in Fife, Orkney and West Lothian, social groups for older people living alone in Edinburgh and youth groups in the Borders.

The Scottish National Gallery remains open to visitors during the project.