The Museum Prize Trust is a charitable company set up in 2001 to create one major annual Prize for museums and galleries in the UK. National Heritage, the Museums Association, The Art Fund and the Campaign for Museums agreed to put aside award schemes they formerly ran (including National Heritage’s Museum of the Year) and lend their support to a single major Prize.
In addition to the Prize for Museums and Galleries first awarded in 2003, the Trust launched the Clore Award for Museum Learning in 2011, and awarded the Unsung Museum Heroes Award in 2012 – the tenth anniversary year of the Prize.
The Museum Prize is sponsored by the Art Fund and is now known as The Art Fund Prize for the Museum of the Year.
In 2015 the gallery and arts centre delivered a superb contemporary arts programme and reached a record number of people with exciting new learning initiatives.
Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London
South London's fascinating museum of mental health was reopened by Grayson Perry in 2015 after an impressive transformation, which has led to a dramatic increase in visitors.
Jupiter Artland, West Lothian
In the past year, the Scottish sculpture park and gallery opened a stunning new indoor space, launched a programme to support emerging artists, expanded their learning programme and much more.
Victoria and Albert Museum
(V&A), London 2015 was a remarkable year for the world's leading museum of art and design, from a record-breaking Alexander McQueen exhibition to its acclaimed new Europe galleries.
York Art Gallery
The gallery reopened in 2015 following a dramatic renovation, including the launch of beautiful new space for its ceramics collection.
The judging panel members for the 2016 Prize are Gus Casely-Hayford, curator and cultural historian; Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor; Ludmilla Jordanova, Professor of History and Visual Culture, Durham University and artist Cornelia Parker. The panel is chaired by Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund.
The prize of £100,000 will be awarded at the Natural History Museum on Wednesday 6 July 2016 before an invited audience of the UK’s museum and cultural leaders. More information at www.artfund.org