From a shortlist of museums, our experienced and passionate panel of judges will award £100,000 to the winner of the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2016.

Stephen Deuchar

Chair of the Judges

Stephen has been the Director of the Art Fund since 2010, having previously served as the founding Director of Tate Britain from 1998 to December 2009. Prior to working at Tate he spent 12 years as a curator and exhibitions director at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2010. Find out more about Stephen's work at the Art Fund.

Gus Casely-Hayford

Curator and art historian

Gus Casely-Hayford is a King’s College Institute associate, a research associate at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and sits on the board of the National Portrait Gallery. He has worked extensively in television and radio, presenting the BBC Lost Kingdoms of Africa series, an award-winning South Bank Show on African art and a Channel 4 documentary on Chris Ofili. He is a former executive director of Arts Strategy for Arts Council England and ex-director of the Institute of International Visual Arts.

Will Gompertz

BBC Arts editor

Will Gompertz has been BBC arts editor since 2009. Before that, he was a director at Tate for seven years, where he was responsible for the award-winning Tate Online and Tate Etc. Gompertz has written extensively for the Guardian and The Times newspapers. He is the author of What Are You Looking At? 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye and Think Like an Artist: Imaginative Ways to a More Creative and Productive Life. He was voted one of the world’s top 50 creative thinkers by the New York-based Creativity magazine.

Professor Ludmilla Jordanova


Ludmilla Jordanova is professor of History and Visual Culture and interim director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures (2015-16) at Durham University. She was previously professor of Modern History at King’s College London, director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, and professor of Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Medicine, she was also the president of the British Society for the History of Science. A trustee of the National Portrait Gallery from 2001 to 2009, in 2011 she became a trustee of the Science Museum Group.

Cornelia Parker OBE RA


One of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Cornelia Parker works in a wide variety of media and is well known for her large-scale, often site-specific installations. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, Parker was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts London in 2009 and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010. A show celebrating Parker’s innovative career was one of the highlights of the Whitworth’s grand reopening.