Art Fund Museum of the Year Shortlist 2016, Architects, Architecture, Buildings

Art Fund Museum of the Year Shortlist, 2016

Shortlist / Winners – Projects, News, Design: Buildings + Architects

14 Oct 2020

Winners Of £200,000 Art Fund Museum Of The Year 2020

Aberdeen Art Gallery (Aberdeen, Scotland)

Gairloch Museum (Gairloch, Scotland)

Science Museum (London, England)

South London Gallery (London, England)

Towner Eastbourne (Eastbourne, England)

Aberdeen Art Gallery painting people
photo : Marc Atkins
Art Fund Museum of the Year – 2020

10 May 2016

Art Fund Museum of the Year Shortlist in 2016

Art Fund Museum of the Year Shortlist 2016 News

Five brilliant, innovative UK museums have been shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2016.

– Arnolfini, Bristol

– Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London

– Jupiter Artland, West Lothian

– Victoria and Albert Museum, London

– York Art Gallery

Photos of the shortlisted work:

Arnolfini, Bristol:
Arnolfini Bristol
photograph © Jamie Woodley

Bethlem Museum of the Mind:
Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London
photograph © Polly Braden

Charles Jencks’ ‘Cells of Life’ at Jupiter Artland:
Jupiter Artland by Charles Jencks
photograph © Allan Pollok Morris

Victoria and Albert Museum:
Victoria & Albert Museum London courtyard with pool
photograph © Polly Braden

York Art Gallery:
York Art Gallery building
photograph © Giles Rocholl Photography

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 6 July 2016.


What’s Museum of the Year?

The Art Fund awards the Museum of the Year prize annually to one outstanding museum, which, in the opinion of the judges, has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement. The prize of £100,000 is given at an awards dinner, before an invited audience of the UK’s museum and cultural leaders, which this year will take place at the Natural History Museum in London on Wednesday 6 July 2016.

Kate Brindley, Arnolfini CEO said:

“We are delighted to be nominated as a Museum of the Year 2016 finalist and congratulate the other organisations: we’re in good company. Arnolfini is incredibly proud to have the hard work of our team, the talent of our artists and the quality of our partnerships recognised by this important national programme.”

“Most of all, we are grateful to the people of Bristol for supporting us and inspiring us in our mission to create spaces where the culturally curious can come together and participate in contemporary arts and culture.”

“This award is a major boost for the organisation following a year of ambitious transformation at Arnolfini, and also for the city as a whole as we gear up to collaborate with Bristol’s cultural community to make the case to bid for European Capital of Culture. The Art Fund recognition has been a gift for Arnolfini and for Bristol.”


Art Fund Museum of the Year Shortlisted Buildings 2016

Art Fund Museum of the Year Shortlisted Buildings

Arnolfini, Bristol – note this links to an article on a proposal by 51N4E
The gallery was founded in 1961 by Jeremy Rees, and was originally located in Clifton. In the 1970s it moved to Queen Square, before moving to its present location, Bush House on Bristol’s waterfront, in 1975. The name of the gallery is taken from Jan van Eyck’s 15th-century painting, The Arnolfini Portrait.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London
Design: Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects
Museum of the Mind
picture Courtesy Fraser Brown MacKenna
Bethlem Museum of the Mind houses an internationally renowned collection of archives, art and objects relating to the history of mental health care and treatment, dating back to 1555. Among the objects on display are metal and textile restraints, patient portraits from the 1850s, and the statues Raving and Melancholy Madness by Caius Gabriel Gibber, which were originally displayed at the hospital at Moorfields; plus an art collection of around 1,000 works.

Jupiter Artland, West Lothian
Jupiter Artland is a unique award-winning sculpture collection 12 miles west of Edinburgh, and a charity committed to nurturing the work of contemporary artists and commissioning site-specific work. In 1999 art collectors Robert and Nicky Wilson bought Bonnington House, a Jacobean manor set in a 100-acre estate near Edinburgh, to live with their family. Nicky, a sculptor herself, had long dreamed of creating her own sculpture park, and the gardens, fields and woodlands of the estate seemed like the perfect setting for a sculpture park; some years later, Jupiter Artland opened to the public.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
photo © Nick Weall
2015 was a remarkable year for the world’s leading museum of art and design, from a record-breaking Alexander McQueen exhibition to its acclaimed Europe 1600-1815 galleries, and much more.
Founded in 1852 following the enormous success of the Great Exhibition, the Victoria and Albert Museum is now home to more than 2.3 million objects from all over the world, ranging from textiles and fashion to sculpture, photography, furniture and more.

York Art Gallery
York Art Gallery was built in 1879 for the second Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition, inspired by the Great Exhibition in London of 1851. When the exhibition closed, the space became a permanent art gallery. It is now home to a superb collection of art spanning 600 years, including works by David Hockney, LS Lowry, Sarah Lucas, Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer, and the city’s own William Etty.

Location: UK

Architecture Awards

Key European Architecture Award:
Stirling Prize

Art Fund Pavilion Architecture Competition

Website: Architectural Tours

Website: England

RIBA Awards

Pritzker Prize Winner 2004 : Zaha Hadid

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