Each year we celebrate the very best UK museums and galleries, rewarding and highlighting their innovation and creativity in bringing objects and collections to life.The Art Fund - About Museum of the Year
|The Hepworth Wakefield. |
Photo © Iwan Baan
Courtesy of the Hepworth Media Centre
- the recognised importance of museums to the UK economy - particularly in relation to local and international tourism;
- the imperative to be non-London oriented in terms of arts funding with museums opening in areas in need of regeneration;
- continuing cuts in funding for the arts in general and
- the move of some responsibilities for museums to the Arts Council on 1 October 2012.
The 2013 Finalists
- a link to the page on the Art Fund website which summarises why they are a finalist
- an abbreviated summary of purpose and achievement
- details of location
- details of their website (and blog and Facebook page, Twitter, Youtube etc)
In 2012 it opened BALTIC 39, a vibrant cultural hub which is home to an exciting partnership between BALTIC and Northumbria University, studios for practising artists, a new experimental project space programmed by BALTIC and a series of events and festivals programmed and developed by its residents.
|Dulwich Picture Gallery|
Works by Phillip Haas and Andy Warhol on display alongside the Permanent Collection
photo: Katherine Tyrrell - all rights reserved
If you listen in to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row you'll hear winner will be announced live from the award ceremony at the V&A museum in London on 4 June 2013.
History of the Museum of the Year Prize
The Prize started in 2001 when The Museum Prize Trust was set up to create a major annual prize for museums and galleries in the UK.
The idea was that there would be one major and prestigisous prize rather than several smaller and lower profile prizes. The change involved cooperation between the Museums Association (excellent website!), The Art Fund (current organisers), National Heritage (the museums action movement - which doesn't seem to have been very active of late), and the Campaign for Museums (archived website) who all agreed to lend their support to a single major Prize.
- An early sponsor and principal funder was the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation which then lent its name to the prize.
- The Art Fund has sponsored the prize since 2009.
- Below is a list of who won the Prize in previous years
- Art Fund Prize 2012 Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter: RAMM Development Project
- Art Fund Prize 2011 The British Museum, for A History of the World
- Art Fund Prize 2010 The Ulster Museum, Belfast
- Art Fund Prize 2009 Wedgwood Museum, Stoke-on-Trent
- Art Fund Prize 2008 The Lightbox gallery and museum, Woking
- The Gulbenkian Prize 2007 Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, East Sussex
- The Gulbenkian Prize 2006 Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Bristol
- The Gulbenkian Prize 2005 Big Pit: the National Mining Museum of Wales
- The Gulbenkian Prize 2004 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
- The Gulbenkian Prize 2003 National Centre for Citizenship and the Law, Galleries of Justice, Nottingham