Michael Portillo and Art Fund Prize judges to visit Mostyn

  • 22 March 2011

Next Tuesday, 29 March, Michael Portillo and three fellow Art Fund Prize judges will visit Mostyn in Wales, which is long listed for the much-coveted £100,000 Art Fund Prize.

Located in Llandudno, Mostyn is Wales’ leading gallery of contemporary art. It is among ten museums and galleries long listed for the prestigious accolade of ‘Museum of the Year’. It’s also the only institution in Wales to be nominated. The judges selected it for its Refurbishment and extension of Mostyn gallery.

On Tuesday, Michael Portillo will be accompanied by three fellow judges on his trip: museums and heritage consultant Kathy Gee, Guardian journalist Charlotte Higgins and Antiques Roadshow expert and curator Lars Tharp. They will be given a tour around the gallery by Martin Barlow, the director.

Martin Barlow said: "We are thrilled to be on this year's long list for the Art Fund Prize and we’re really looking forward to welcoming the judges here, showing them our beautiful new building and the exciting exhibitions we have in it and, perhaps, pointing them towards our comments book to see all the wonderful comments we have had from visitors, from both our own area and those visiting north Wales".

Members of the public can vote for their favourite long listed museum or gallery via an online Poll, and enter a prize draw to win an iPad.

Comments received in support of Mostyn so far include:

“The Mostyn represents the key focal point for art and contemporary culture in North Wales. It has an exciting international connection to the arts and a prestigious reputation gained through its excellence for delivering stimulating and wide ranging exhibitions.”
Jo Alexander, Nr Beaumaris

“To be able to view internationally acclaimed art on our doorstep in North Wales is so inspiring. There is always something in the exhibitions shown that create dialogue whether that be positive or negative, at least it shows that there is interest in the work exhibited. This gallery is a jewel in the crown of North Wales for both the quality of the work exhibited and for the beauty of the building which is a work of art in its own right.”
Isobel Crawford, Colwyn Bay

The short list of four will be announced on 19 May. The £100,000 cash prize will be awarded to the ‘Museum of the Year’ on 15 June at a ceremony in London. This year, the winner ceremony will be held at Tate Britain, one of the UK’s finest and most popular galleries. A jewel in the UK’s crown of cultural institutions, it is an ideal platform from which to announce who will be crowned the 2011 ‘Museum of the Year’.