Development of the sculpture galleries, 2004
The Gilbert Bayes Gallery
In 2004, the Gilbert Bayes Gallery in room 111 was restored as an open arcade between the Cast Courts, the two spectacular galleries that house plaster casts of European masterpieces.
These provide a dramatic backdrop to the Museum's unrivalled collection of small sculpture. Designed by Eva Jiricna, the restoration project revealed the hidden tiled floors and the original decorative scheme of the gallery's ceiling. The historic paint scheme has also been recreated to match the surrounding galleries.
This gallery is devoted to the making of sculpture. The pieces have been selected to illustrate the rich diversity of materials and techniques that sculptors have used. They are mainly small in scale and range from early medieval ivories to modern bronzes.
The gallery designed was Eva Jiricna Architects Limited.
This development was completed as part of FuturePlan
FuturePlan is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections. Using the best architects and designers, we are bringing the V&A into the 21st century and restoring modern design and innovation to the heart of the museum.