Yorkshire Museum Nominated for The Art Fund Prize

The Yorkshire Museum has been nominated for the long list for The Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries, 2011.

The purpose of this annual prize is to recognise and stimulate originality and excellence in museums and galleries in the UK, and increase public appreciation and enjoyment of all they have to offer.

The Yorkshire Museum re-opened in August 2010 following a £2.2 million refurbishment, with three new galleries on Roman York, Medieval York and Extinct, as well as The Learning Level and the History of York audio-visual spectacular.

Janet Barnes, chief executive of York Museums Trust, said: “The judges said in their report that they were impressed by the ambition and originality shown by our application.

“Almost 40 museums and galleries applied this year so it is a fantastic achievement to get this far and a testament to everyone who worked so hard on the project.”

The news of the long list was announced last night by Michael Portillo on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme.

The short list will be announced in April, with the overall winner being announced in June.

The winning prize of £100,000 will be awarded to the museum or gallery whose entry, in the opinion of the judges, best meets the prize criteria through a project completed or mainly undertaken in the previous calendar year.

You can add your support for the museum by Voting in the Online Poll at: http://www.artfundprize.org.uk/2011/vote/

Yorkshire Museum & Garden
Museum Gardens
York YO1 7FR
01904 687687
www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

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