Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Yorkshire Sculpture Park up for top museum prize

Yorkshire Sculpture Park has been announced as one of six finalists for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014.

2013 was Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s busiest year to date with exhibitions by acclaimed artists, such as Yinka Shonibare, Amar Kanwar and Hans Josephsohn attracting 350,000 visitors.

The year also marked the momentous opening of Roger Hiorns’ Seizure.

Peter Murray CBE, Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s executive director, said: “We are more than delighted to be recognised as one of the best museums and galleries in this country.

"It is a great testament to the commitment and determination of everyone who has worked hard to help establish our international reputation.

“We are up against some really strong competition, but we are confident that what we have at YSP is rare, providing an unparalleled experience for our visitors, which makes us a serious contender.”

The six finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges chaired by Art Fund director, Stephen Deuchar.

The judges are: Sally Bacon, director of the Clore Duffield Foundation; Michael Craig-Martin RA, artist; Wim Pijbes director of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; and Anna Somers Cocks, chief executive of The Art Newspaper.

Stephen Deuchar, chair of the judges, said: “2013 was a strong year, by any standards, for UK museums and it was no easy task to select a shortlist of six from an extraordinary body of applications.

"It is almost as if imaginative and innovative curatorship, combined with the highest standards of presentation, is no longer the exception but the rule.

"No wonder that the international reputation of UK museums is riding so high, and we’re delighted that the Museum of the Year will salute this through both the process of the competition and, of course, the £100,000 Prize.”

The six finalist museums are: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, East Sussex; Hayward Gallery, London; The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; Tate Britain, London; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the National Gallery in London on July 9.

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