June 4

Chancellor Emeritus Leads Push for Welsh Guggenheim Museum

On May 25 the BBC News highlighted SAIC Chancellor Emeritus Tony Jones’s involvement in a proposal to bring a new Guggenheim museum to Wales. Efforts to establish the museum come after Finland's capital Helsinki rejected similar plans last year. Jones, along with prominent political and cultural figures including former MP Adam Price, Lord Dafydd Wigle, and Visiting Arts chief executive Yvette Vaughan-Jones presented the idea in consultations with Welsh ministers. Proponents believe the museum could transform Wales into an international cultural destination, mirroring the success of Guggenheim museums in Bilbao (pictured) and Venice.