Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 Tate St Ives, photograph copyright Marc Atkins

Tate St Ives wins Museum of the Year

Simon Stephens, 09.07.2018
Cornwall gallery heads five-strong shortlist
Tate St Ives is the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018, it was announced at a ceremony at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) last week.

The Cornwall gallery won the £100,000 prize ahead of four others on the shortlist: Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Glasgow Women’s Library; and the Postal Museum, London.

Tate St Ives reopened in October 2017 following a £20m redevelopment by Jamie Fobert Architects.

Tate St Ives, copyright Marc Atkins

The judges for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 were: Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group; Stephen Deuchar, director, Art Fund (chair); Rebecca Jones, BBC arts correspondent; Melanie Manchot, artist; and Monisha Shah, an independent media consultant and Art Fund trustee.

“Tate St Ives tells the story of the artists who have lived and worked in Cornwall in an international context,” Deuchar said. “The new extension to the gallery is deeply intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful, providing the perfect stage for a curatorial programme that is at once adventurous, inclusive and provocative.”

Tate St Ives, copyright Rebecca Warren

Art Fund Museum of the Year winners over the past seven years were Hepworth Wakefield (2017); V&A (2016); the Whitworth (2015); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2014); William Morris Gallery (2013); Royal Albert Memorial Museum (2012); and the British Museum (2011).


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19.07.2018, 10:28
Is an award like this really that important, anyway?
16.07.2018, 17:50
Absolutely agree with Anonymous. Recent winners of this competition have all been well funded art galleries not museums. We need a competition that reflects the breadth of the sector and not just the elitist and predictable arts bias of the current organisers. What chance does a small community museum or a museum of science/local history/technology have in the narrow view of the Art Fund?
10.07.2018, 17:57
Congratulations to the winning curatorial team at Tate St Ives, but perhaps it is time to find a sponsor for a new Museum of the Year competition as the current contest seems to have morphed into Art Gallery of the Year. Not least because the judges, apart from one, are from the 'arts' with a single representative from the museum sector. Even your byline says Cornwall gallery because the words Cornwall museum, Tate St Ives wouldn't be credible.