Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019: applications now open

The search for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019 begins today, with applications invited until the deadline of 6 February.

The biggest museum prize in the world – with a total prize value of £140,000 – Art Fund Museum of the Year seeks out, celebrates and rewards innovation and exceptional achievement in museums and galleries across the UK.

The prize awards £100,000 to the winner, and £10,000 to each of the other finalists.

Each year an independent panel selects the finalists and winner. The judges for 2019 are: David Batchelor, artist; Brenda Emmanus, broadcaster and journalist; Bridget McConnell, chief executive of Glasgow Life; and Bill Sherman, director of the Warburg Institute. The jury will be chaired by Stephen Deuchar, director of Art Fund.

Applications are encouraged from museums of all kinds and sizes, from every part of the UK.

To be considered, museums are asked to show how their achievements of the preceding year stand out, what makes their work inventive and the impact it has had on audiences. For full details, please see the application pack.

With past winners including William Morris Gallery (2013), the Hepworth Wakefield (2017) and Tate St Ives (2018), the prize draws national and international attention to the range of creativity and accomplishments of UK museums. The finalists for 2019 will be announced in May, with the winner announced at an award ceremony at the Science Museum in London on 3 July.

Applications for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019 are open now and will close at 12 noon on 6 February 2019.

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