MP Margaret Hodge attending the Image and Identity Youth Conference and Exhibition Private View at the newly opened Sackler Centre on 18 July 2008

MP Margaret Hodge attending the Image and Identity Youth Conference and Exhibition Private View at the newly opened Sackler Centre on 18 July 2008

Caroline Lang, Sackler Centre Project Manager 

The Sackler Centre is open to the public!

The Sackler Centre was originally due to open in March 2008 but quite early on in the construction phase it was agreed that July 2008 would be more realistic as it is quite a complex building. We've decided to have a 'soft' launch initially. We opened to the public after the Image & Identity Conference was held there on July 18. For the next few months our summer programme will be running in the Sackler Centre spaces enabling us to try them out with the public and iron out any problems.

The Image & Identity exhibition of young peoples' work can be seen on Level 1 throughout the summer. Our Museum Residents are holding open studios on Friday 25 July, Saturday 2 & Sunday 3, Fridays 8, 15,& 22 August, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7, Fridays 12,19 &26 September 2008 from 14.00 to 17.30.

Adult courses and workshops as well as events for families and young people are taking place throughout the summer, and we have a packed programme lined up for the autumn. See the Events and Activities section of the website for details. Please come to have a look at this brand new facility.

The official opening is on 30 September 2008 and this will be followed by the public launch weekend, Designerama on 24, 25 and 26 October 2008 to coincide with half-term.