Applications open

  • 4 October 2010

Today, 4 October, museums and galleries across the country are invited to apply for the Art Fund Prize 2011, as well as the new Clore Awards for museum and learning.

We’re also delighted to announce today that the Chair of the Judges of the Art Fund Prize 2011 will be Michael Portillo.

The Art Fund Prize is the most prestigious prize in the museum world and annually awards £100,000 to a museum or gallery that demonstrates excellence, originality and imagination for a project the previous year.

Under the umbrella of the Art Fund Prize, we are delighted to be announcing that for 2011, there will be a new Award – the Clore Award for Museum Learning. The single award of £10,000 will recognise and celebrate quality, impact and innovation in using museums and galleries for learning activities or initiatives.

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: "The Art Fund Prize is a fantastic platform from which to make a significant noise about your institution and to reach out to new and existing audiences. The rewards are great, for winner and applicants alike. Do apply!"

We are delighted that Michael Portillo will be Chair of the Judges in 2011, following on from Kirsty Young who held the position in 2010. He said: "Those entrusted with Britain's rich resource of museum collections are constantly innovating, finding new ways to display their treasures, and seeking to develop their buildings with vivid new designs. I am greatly looking forward to being able to visit some of the outstanding improvements around the nation, and to chairing the process by which we recognise the best of the year."

The full judging panel will be announced in November 2010.

The Art Fund Prize and the Clore Award for Museum Learning are open to all museums and galleries in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Applications close on 1 December. To find out more, please visit: