UK Museum of the Year finalists announced

The finalists in the competition for the world’s biggest museum prize were announced on Thursday (27 April).

Five contenders are vying for the Art Fund’s UK Museum of the Year, which awards £100,000 annually to an outstanding UK institution, which has shown “exceptional imagination, innovation, and achievement”. The remaining four finalists receive £10,000 each in recognition of their achievements. Continue reading

Record number of donors save iconic portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

A “triumph of popular will” has resulted in an iconic portrait of Queen Elizabeth I being saved for the nation after one of the most successful fundraising campaigns for a work of art.

A nationwide appeal to secure the £10.3 million necessary to purchase the artwork from the descendants of Sir Francis Drake was launched by the Art Fund in conjunction with Royal Museums Greenwich on 23 May this year. Continue reading

V&A wins Museum of the Year 2016 award

“Indisputably… one of the best museums in the world” is how judges described the Victoria & Albert Museum, which won the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2016 award last night.

The £100,000 prize was presented to the V&A by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge in a ceremony at London’s Natural History Museum. Accepting the award, V&A Director Martin Roth told the gathering of leading museum and cultural leaders that the prize money would be used to re-establish an old department axed due to budget cuts, which had been dedicated to supporting and collaborating with other museums and galleries across the UK.   Continue reading