Tate St Ives is one of five museums in the running for the 2018 Art Fund Museum of the Year Award. Photo: Marc Atkins

Art Fund Museum of the Year shortlist announced

Rebecca Atkinson, 01.05.2018
Five museums in the running for £100,000 prize
The Art Fund has announced the five-strong shortlist for the Museum of the Year Award 2018.

The five museums are: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Glasgow Women’s Library; the Postal Museum, London; and Tate St Ives.

The prize is designed to celebrate innovation and exceptional achievement in museums and galleries across the UK. The winner, which will be announced on 5 July at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, will receive £100,000, while the four other shortlisted museums will each receive £10,000.

The five judges for this year’s award are: Ian Blatchford, the director of the Science Museum Group; BBC arts correspondent Rebecca Jones; artist Melanie Manchot; and Monisha Shah, an independent media consultant and Art Fund trustee. The judging panel is chaired by the Art Fund’s director Stephen Deuchar.

Deuchar said: "Each of our five finalists has tapped into very current concerns: the progress of Glasgow Women’s Library exemplifies the quickening march towards equality; the Postal Museum addresses our first social network; Brooklands is inspiring the next generation of engineers; and the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull and Tate St Ives are galvanising their communities around visual culture.

"Each one expands the very idea of what a museum can be. I would encourage everyone to see and experience them first-hand."

The Hepworth Wakefield won the prize in 2017. Earlier this week the gallery published a video on Facebook reflecting on the impact winning the award has had.

Previous winners include the V&A (2016), the Whitworth, Manchester (2015), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2014), and the William Morris Gallery in London (2013).


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Jonathan Gammond
Access , Wrexham County Borough Museum
04.05.2018, 22:14
Really pleased to see a shortlist not dominated by Art Galleries. Ever since the Art Fund has sponsored the prize, there appears to have been a slant towards the fine art, decorative art sector! Not wishing to be controversial, but it has got to be a tougher job creating a wow museum from a mixed bag social history collection of singer sewing machines, box irons, mangles and some old oral history tapes in the provinces than when you have a store packed with Turners, Freuds or Picassos and are pondering which blockbuster show to stage next while small talking with sponsors wishing to enjoy your fashionable metropolitan company. Keeping my fingers crossed for the Glasgow Women's Library and the Postal Museum!!