York Art gallery shortlisted for one of industry’s top awards

Ludmilla Jordanova, one of the judges, taking a closer look at the Burton Gallery. PIC: Kippa Matthews

Ludmilla Jordanova, one of the judges, taking a closer look at the Burton Gallery. PIC: Kippa Matthews

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An art gallery in York has been shortlisted for one of the most prestigious awards in the industry.

York Art Gallery has made the shortlist for the Art Fund Prize’s Museum of the Year, competing against four other galleries for the prize fund of £100,000.

Judges were on site yesterday to make their final decisions, with the winner to be announced in a ceremony at the National History Museum in London on Wednesday, July 6.

Chair of the judging panel, Stephen Deuchar, director of Art Fund, said: “Each one of these five museums is outstanding – not just for the collections they display, but for the people who work there, and the visitors whose lives they can change.   

“Whether reaching audiences of thousands or millions, the best museums turn objects into culture, put audiences at the heart of their work, and engage with issues of the moment. 

“This shortlist shows why and how UK museums lead the world.”

The Art Fund awards the Museum of the Year prize annually to one outstanding museum and the news comes after an £8m transformation of York Art Gallery.

Reyahn King, chief executive of York Museums Trust, said: “We are thrilled. To be one of only five finalists is in itself fantastic recognition of the transformation that has taken place at the gallery.”

York Art Gallery is competing against the Arnolfini in Bristol, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Beckenham, Jupiter Artland, West Lothian, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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