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 Museum of the Year 2015.
The six museums shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015 were announced today. They are (in alphabetical order):
The announcement of the 2015 winner will be made at an awards dinner at Tate Modern on Wednesday 1 July 2015.
The event will follow the Museum of the Year Debate, also taking place at Tate Modern.
This year’s judging panel, chaired by Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund includes:
Michael Landy, artist, Alice Rawsthorn, design critic and author, Fiammetta Rocco, books and arts editor of The Economist and Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
In a new partnership with the BBC, the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015 will be celebrated on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC News Online, in a series of broadcasts and online interactive presentations during the period leading up to the announcement of the winner.
The award-winning British photographer Martin Parr is the official Museum of the Year 2015 photographer and has created a collection of photographs celebrating our finalists (see the gallery, above).
He will also be a judge of the Museum of the Year Photography Competition, which invites members of the public to submit their own photographs of the shortlisted museums.
The competition is open from now until Sunday 31 May 2015.
For more information, go to www.artfund.org