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Five museums shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022

Art Fund, the national charity for art, today announced the five museums which have been selected as finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022, the world’s largest museum prize.

The shortlisted museums are:

  • Derby Museums, Museum of Making, Derby
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
  • People’s History Museum, Manchester
  • The Story Museum, Oxford
  • Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham

Art Fund annually shortlists five outstanding museums for the Art Fund Museum of the Year prize. The 2022 edition champions organisations whose achievements tell the story of museums’ creativity and resilience, and particularly focuses on those engaging the next generation of audiences in innovative ways.

The winning museum will be announced at a ceremony at the Design Museum in London on 14 July and will receive £100,000. The other four shortlisted museums will each receive £15,000 in recognition of their achievements.

The members of this year’s judging panel, chaired by Art Fund Director Jenny Waldman, are: Dame Diane Lees, Director-General, Imperial War Museums; Harold Offeh, artist and educator; Dr Janina Ramirez, cultural historian and broadcaster, and Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 6 DJ and broadcaster. The judges will visit each of the finalists to help inform their decision-making, while each museum will make the most of being shortlisted over the summer through events and activities for both new and current visitors.

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Jenny Waldman, Director, Art Fund, said: 'An abundance of applications to be Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 shows the creativity and resilience of museums right around the country, despite the immense challenges of the last two years. The five superb finalists are all museums on a mission who are tackling the vital issues of today – from combating the climate emergency to improving literacy or exploring migration – and reaching diverse communities as they do so. Each is working hard to encourage the next generation to get involved, both to inspire them and to equip them with essential skills.'

Art Fund Museum of the Year continues its collaboration with the BBC in 2022.

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