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3rd June 2015, 11:22

Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery opens its doors

The Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery aims to put Gibraltar’s art in the foreground, both for locals and visitors. Celebrating Gibraltar’s art, the new Gallery aims to recognise talent, whilst creating a space in which to exhibit the work of past, present and future artists.

The City Hall has been transformed to accomodate the new exhibition space, which features work from Gustavo Bacarisas, Jacobo Azagury, Leni Mifsud and Rudesindo Mannia. Apart from the work of these prolific artists the gallery also pays tribute to Mario Finlayson, with a number of drawings which he considers central to his career also on display. Speaking at the Gallery's opening Mario said a national gallery was something  he had always campaigned for, believing it will help Gibraltar discover its own individual style. "We have just arrived we're a young nation,  and i hope it can flourish into what i believe Gibraltar can produce."

Speaking at the opening the Chief Minister said he was delighted to have taken this step, saying the gallery was a huge investment for the future. Fabian Picardo said it aimed to bring back home paintings that had left our shores or were in public collections so the public could appreciate the talent Gibraltar produced. He paid tribute to Mario Finlayson saying the artist not only spanned great ability but many generations, so he was the natural choice for the Gallery. 

It has been an intense few months for the Cultural Services team, who has been busy deciding the layout and design .CEO, Yvette Zarb and Art Collection Custodian, Kimberley Pecino have been behind the decisions, also considering security and conservation among other things. Mrs Zarb who was assigned the role of curator said the role has been a labour of love for her. " This is not a science, it has been a big job but i've enjoyed it throughout.

The new national gallery which was launched on Tuesday, is now open to the public.