Art Gallery redevelopment offers once-in-a-generation opportunity to commemorate a loved one at Cowdray Hall

Aberdonians are being offered a rare opportunity to purchase a lasting tribute to the special people in their lives in one of the city’s most iconic venues. And Aberdeen City Council’s Leaders have already joined in on behalf of their loved ones.

Co Leaders, Councillors Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden along with the city’s cultural spokesperson, Councillor Marie Boulton have each donated to ‘Musical Chairs’, a fundraising programme for the revamped Cowdray Hall which will open next year as part of the Art Gallery’s £30 million redevelopment.

The new Cowdray Hall seating has been designed with flexibility in mind and will be portable rather than fixed. In return for a donation of £150, participants can have their name, or the name of a loved one, inscribed on one of the hall’s 200 ‘Musical Chairs’.

The three councillors have each made a donation of £150 to secure chairs for family members. Councillor Lumsden said: “I was delighted to have this opportunity to purchase an inscribed chair as a present for a member of my own family. It’s a really original and quirky gift and with the funds going to a much-loved city landmark, I’m sure the chairs will prove tremendously popular.”

Councillor Laing agreed, saying: “Cowdray Hall is a fantastic venue and will be even more special when the revamp is completed. By making a donation via ‘Musical Chairs’ people have the chance to leave a lasting legacy and stake in the future of this wonderful building.”

Councillor Boulton said: “This is a wonderful way to purchase a present of enduring value for a friend or family member, especially if they are music lovers.

“Every donation goes towards the spectacular Art Gallery redevelopment, which of course, includes Cowdray Hall. We’ve already sold 10% of the 200 chairs available so my message would be to get in quickly if you wish secure a chair.”

To reserve a Musical Chair, or to discuss other ways of supporting the Art Gallery redevelopment via the Inspiring Art and Music appeal, contact Kenny Luke on 01224 523719 or email kennyl@aberdeencity.gov.uk