The longlist for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize has been announced. The prize is the UK’s annual ‘museum
of the year’ award, and the biggest prize for arts and cultural organisations in the country. Ten museums
in total across the country are in with the chance to win £100,000 and the award, which will
be announced on 19 June 2012.
Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chair of the Judges, said: “Whittling the achievements of Britain’s museums over
the past year down to a list of ten was a challenging task. The outstanding quality of the
projects that we finally settled on, however, perfectly encapsulates the vitality and dynamism of a part
of our nation’s cultural life that continues to innovate, push boundaries and engage the public, even in
these straitened times.”
The ten longlisted museums are Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks.The Life and Works of Alan Turing; M Shed, Bristol: A New Museum for Bristol; National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Development; Riverside Museum, Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow: Riverside Museum
Project; Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon: RAMM Development Project; The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, West Yorkshire: The Hepworth Wakefield; The Holburne Museum, Bath, Somerset: The Holburne Museum Development Project; The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh: Portrait of the Nation
2; Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent: Turner Contemporary; Watts Gallery, Guildford, Surrey: The Watts Gallery Hope Project.
The Art Fund Prize 2012 rewards excellence and innovation in museums and galleries in the UK for a project completed or undertaken in 2011. Following a shortlist of four museums to be announced on May 14, the £100,000 cash prize will be awarded to the ‘Museum of the Year’ at a ceremony at the British Museum on June 19.
Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, Chairman of The Museum Prize Trust said: “We are delighted to see
such a strong and varied longlist in this tenth year of awarding the Museum Prize.’
Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: ‘This year’s Art Fund Prize longlist truly reveals the creativity and ambition of museums and galleries beyond London. The vitality of our cultural treasures nationwide is a hugely important resource, and the Art Fund is extremely proud to celebrate these museums’ achievements through its sponsorship of the ‘museum of the year’ prize.