Nominations announced for ‘museum of the year’ prize

Bristol’s M Shed and the Hepworth in Wakefield are among nominations for the 2012 Art Fund Prize, for ‘museum of the year’.

Hepworth Wakefield, by David Chipperfield Architects

Source: Carl Milner

Hepworth Wakefield, by David Chipperfield Architects

The £100 000 prize recognises excellence in museum and gallery exhibition design and refurbishment completed in the previous year.

The full longlist is:

• The Life and Works of Alan Turing exhibition at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, spearheaded by curator Gillian Mason;

• M Shed in Bristol, by LAB Architecture Studio;

The National Museum of Scotland redevelopment, by Gareth Hoskins Architects;

The Riverside Museum in Glasgow, by Zaha Hadid Architects;

• The Royal Albert Museum & Art Gallery development in Exeter, by Allies and Morrison;

The Hepworth Wakefield, by David Chipperfield Architects;

The Holbourne Museum extension in Bath, by Eric Parry Architects;

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery redevelopment in Edinburgh, by Page Park,

Turner Contemporary in Margate, by David Chipperfield Architects; and

• Watts Gallery restoration, Guildford, by ZMMA.

A shortlist of four projects will be announced on 14 May and the winning project will be unveiled on 19 June.

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, says, ‘This year’s Art Fund Prize longlist truly revels the creativity and ambition of museums and galleries beyond London.’

Last year’s Art Fund Prize was awarded to the British Museum for its A History of the World exhibition, branded by Fallon and designed in partnership with the BBC.

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