Public invited to have their say as long list for £100,000 Art Fund Prize is announced

  • 2 February 2011

Today, 2 February, the long list for the Art Fund Prize 2011 has been revealed on BBC Radio 4's Front Row. It's going to be a tough decision for the judges...

The contenders for the prestigious ‘Museum of the Year’ accolade have been selected by an independent panel of judges, chaired this year by Michael Portillo.

Live on Front Row, Michael Portillo announced that ten museums have been long listed as follows:

  • British Museum, London, A History of the World in 100 Objects
  • Hertford Museum, Hertfordshire, Hertford Museum's Development Project
  • Leighton House, London, Closer To Home: The Restoration and Reopening of Leighton House Museum
  • Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales, Refurbishment and extension of Mostyn gallery
  • People's History Museum, Manchester, The new People's History Museum 2010
  • Polar Museum, University of Cambridge, Promoting Britain's Polar Heritage
  • The new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Scotland
  • Roman Baths Museum, Bath, Roman Baths Development
  • V&A, London, Ceramics Study Galleries
  • Yorkshire Museum, York, Letting in the Light - Revitalising the Yorkshire Museum for the 21st century

Following from the success of the public vote last year, a poll for the 2011 Art Fund Prize will open tonight. Members of the public are invited to vote online at for their favourite long listed museum - and tell the judges who they think should win.

This is the fourth year that the Prize has been sponsored by the Art Fund. The short list of four museums will be announced on 19 May and the winner on 15 June.

Our director Stephen Deuchar said: “From Llandudno to Hertford, London to Alloway, we hope people will go and be inspired by these spectacular projects, and that they’ll come back and let us know their thoughts via our online poll. The coming weeks will be crucial for the judges in assessing which museums make it onto the short list. The public’s participation has an important part to play.”

Podcast series
An exclusive podcast interview with fellow Art Fund Prize judge Jeremy Deller will go live on the Art Fund Prize website on Wednesday 9 February. This is the second in a series of podcasts, following an interview with Michael Portillo. Visit the Art Fund Prize website,

Jeremy Deller’s diary on BBC Radio 4
This spring, Jeremy Deller will be recording an audio diary series for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, telling stories and personal reflections as he visits the long listed museums alongside his fellow judges.

The Art Fund Prize has its own Twitter page, where people can find out more about the Prize and read tweets signed by the judges. The public are invited to participate in discussions by tagging @artfundprize.

Clore Award for Museum Learning
Under the umbrella of the Art Fund Prize, a new award has been introduced this year: the Clore Award for Museum Learning. Supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation, the £10,000 award will recognise and celebrate quality, impact and innovation in using museums and galleries for learning activities and initiatives. Judged by a separate panel co-chaired by Dame Vivien Duffield, Chairman of the Clore Duffield Foundation DBE and Sally Bacon, Executive Director, the Clore long list is also announced today. More information on the Clore Award for Museum Learning can be found at