The prize recognises excellence in museum and gallery exhibition design and refurbishment completed in the previous year.
The shortlisted museums and galleries are:
• The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, by David Chipperfield Architects;
• Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, by Allies and Morrison;
• The Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh, redeveloped by Page Park; and
• Watts Gallery, Guildford, restoration by ZMMA.
Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, says, ‘Taken together, these four terrific institutions offer the perfect snapshot of the best of our museums and galleries – dynamic, forward‐thinking, inclusive and diverse.’
The five projects shortlisted for the £10,000 Clore Award for Museum Learning 2012 have also been announced. They are:
• Camden Arts Centre, Get The Message;
• Florence Nightingale Museum, Our Generation’s Re-interpretation;
• Leicestershire County Council Heritage and Arts Service, Held in the Hand and Touch Tables;
• The Whitworth Art Gallery, The Manchester Early Years Partnership; and
• Yorkshire Museum, Celebrating Severus.
The winners of the Art Fund Prize and Clore Award will be announced on 19 June at the British Museum and live on BBC Radio 4 Front Row.