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.
Details of the Museum of the Year Prize of £100,000 for 2016 has been announced by the Art Fund.
It will be awarded to the museum or gallery in the UK that is judged to have best demonstrated exceptional achievement and innovation.
Submissions are now open for the 2016 Prize. The shortlisted museums will be revealed on 29 April 2016. The Prize ceremony will take place at the Natural History Museum in London in early July 2016.
Go to www.artfund.org for more information.
The judging panel for the 2016 Prize will be 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 will be chaired by Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund.