An experienced and passionate panel of judges decide the ten finalists and crown the winner of the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year.
Museum of the Year judges, Bettany Hughes, Stephen Deuchar, Tristram Hunt, Sarah Crompton and Bob and Roberta Smith
The five Museum of the Year judges have chosen the ten 2013 Finalists. From now until the end of May they will travel across the UK to see the ten museums, revealing the winners on 4 June.
Stephen is the Chair of Judges and has been the Director of the Art Fund since 2010, having previously served as the founding Director of Tate Britain from 1998 to December 2009. Prior to working at Tate he spent 12 years as a curator and exhibitions director at the National Maritime Museum. Find out more about Stephen’s work at the Art Fund.
A historian, author and broadcaster specialising in classical history, Bettany has written and presented documentaries for the BBC, Discovery Channel and Channel 4. In 2012 Bettany co-presented Britain’s Secret Treasures on ITV with Michael Burke which featured fifty archaeological discoveries that have been made by the public, some of which the Art Fund had helped to acquire. Follow Bettany on Twitter.
Bob and Roberta Smith
Bob and Roberta Smith is a British contemporary artist known for his humorous slogans painted in bright vivid colours usually on found objects. The artist has been a driving force in the Save Old Flo campaign, in which the Art Fund and leading cultural figures have worked to stop Tower Hamlets from selling Henry Moore’s public sculpture Draped Seated Woman. Follow Bob on Twitter.
Sarah is the Arts Editor in Chief of the Daily Telegraph; you can read her articles online. Born in Manchester, she was educated at Hertford College, Oxford and University College, Cardiff. She worked on Woman, Woman’s Own and the Telegraph Magazine before arriving at the paper as Arts Editor. Follow Sarah on Twitter.
Tristram Hunt MP
Tristram is a politician, historian, writer and broadcaster who is currently the Labour MP for Stoke on Trent Central. Tristram is a regular contributor to The Guardian and The Observer and you can read his articles online. He is a Trustee of the History of Parliament Trust, fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London. Follow Tristram on Twitter.