Contemporary art and architecture centre The De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex is one of ten museums and gallery projects to be long-listed for the £100 000 Gulbenkian Prize.
The Gulbenkian Prize is given annually to one museum or gallery anywhere in the UK and is open to a wide range of projects. It is principally funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which is based in Lisbon.
The Braintree District Museum in Essex is on the list for its record of the manufacture and design of textiles over the past 200 years.
The new aquarium at the Horniman Museum in London, the £28m Century Project by Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the restoration of Kew Palace in Surrey are also contenders for the prize.
In addition, a 20th century British art collection at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, Scotland and Medicine: Collections and Connections in Scotland and the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art in London are vying for the cash.
The last two projects to make it on to the list are the Weston Park Museum in Sheffield’s Victorian treasure house and the exhibition ‘Prostitution: What’s Going On?’ at The Women’s Library.
The four short-listed museums for the 2007 prize will be announced in early April. The winner will be named on Thursday 24 May at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London during Museum and Galleries Month 2007.
Last year’s winner was Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain in Bristol, at which visitor figures have since increased by 40 per cent.