Art Fund Prize long list announced
- 19 February 2010
Eleven museum and galleries have been nominated for this year's £100,000 Art Fund Prize selected by a panel of judges chaired this year by broadcaster Kirsty Young.
Traditionally ten institutions are nominated for the prestigious award, but due to the exceptionally high quality of applications this year, eleven have been selected to go forward to the second round of judging. The £100,000 Prize is awarded to the museum or gallery for a project completed in the last year, that demonstrates the most originality, imagination and excellence. The long-listed museums and galleries are:
- The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, for its universally admired redevelopment
- the £12million expansion of Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
- the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle - a major new museum for the north of England
- Hampton Court Palace, Surrey for Henry VIII; heads and hearts and its unprecedented, ambitious associated programming
- the redeveloped Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
- the rescue and restoration of the Leach Pottery, St Ives - the most influential pottery studio in the world
- the National Army Museum, London for Conflicts of Interest
- the Natural History Museum, London for the awe inspiring Darwin Centre
- The Royal Institution of Great Britain, for Science in the Making
- Towner, Eastbourne - a local authority gallery reborn as a stunning new public art space for Eastbourne
- The Ulster Museum, Belfast following its three year redevelopment that has fundamentally reshaped the character of this major museum
The public can vote for their favourite longlisted institution and leave comments for judges on the Art Fund Prize website www.artfundprize.org.uk - visitors to the site can enter a competition to win an exclusive limited edition print by Jonathan Yeo.
The shortlist of four will be announced at the end of May. The winner will be announced on 30 June.