Art Fund Museum of the Year shortlist announced

Five museums in the running for £100,000 prize
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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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