The National Portrait Gallery has announced the name of its upcoming learning facility, set to be revealed as it reopens later this year, and developed as part of the Gallery’s Inspiring People project.

The Mildred and Simon Palley Learning Centre has been named following a multi-million pound donation from philanthropists Mildred and Simon Palley.

The Centre will have its own dedicated entrance on St Martin’s Place and comprises a gallery, outdoor space and three new studios.

The Law Photography Studio, The Art Studio and The Clore Studio will host the Gallery’s creative programmes, while the Studio Gallery will host special displays and the Mildred Garden will be situated beneath the Gallery’s new forecourt and entrance.

A visualisation of The Mildred Garden by Jamie Fobert Architects © Forbes Massie; A visualisation of The Mildred and Simon Palley Learning Centre by Jamie Fobert Architects © Forbes Massie.

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery said the space will enable visitors “to engage with portraiture in ways that just weren’t possible prior to our redevelopment, thanks to the capabilities of the new space.”

Mildred and Simon Palley jointly added: “We are delighted to continue our support of the National Portrait Gallery, with their excellent learning programmes for all ages. The Mildred Garden will be a place for outdoor inspiration and peaceful contemplation.”

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