Turner Contemporary has been longlisted for the Art Fund Prize 2012, the UK’s annual ‘museum of the year’ award, and the biggest prize for arts and cultural organisations in the country. Ten museums in total across the country are in with the chance to win £100,000 and the prestigious award, which will be announced on 19 June 2012.
Turner Contemporary opened on 16 April 2011 designed by acclaimed architect David Chipperfield, the gallery has attracted nearly 400,000 visitors.
Victoria Pomery Director Turner Contemporary, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Turner Contemporary has been long listed for the 2012 Art Fund Prize. We’ve had an amazing first year with many thousands of visitors enjoying the gallery, programme and Margate. Our current highly acclaimed Turner exhibition opened 2012 with a bang and the great news today continues to demonstrate what an impact Turner Contemporary is having. We are delighted.”
Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chair of the Judges, said: “Whittling the achievements of Britain’s museums over the past year down to a list of ten was an unbelievably challenging task. The outstanding quality of the projects that we finally settled on, however, perfectly encapsulates the vitality and dynamism of a part of our nation’s cultural life that continues to innovate, push boundaries and engage the public, even in these straitened times.”
The ten longlisted museums are:
- Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks.: The Life and Works of Alan Turing
- M Shed, Bristol: A New Museum for Bristol
- National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Development
- Riverside Museum, Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow: Riverside Museum Project
- Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon: RAMM Development Project
- The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, West Yorkshire: The Hepworth Wakefield
- The Holburne Museum, Bath, Somerset: The Holburne Museum Development Project
- The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh: Portrait of the Nation