Tate St Ives wins £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018.
Congratulations to Tate St Ives and Cornwall! On Thursday night, (5 July 2018), Tate St Ives was announced as Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018, winning the largest and most prestigious museum prize in the world. Anne Barlow, Director of Tate St Ives, was presented with the £100,000 prize by artist Isaac Julien and the ‘world’s best teacher’ Andria Zafirakou at an award ceremony at the V&A, London.
WIA were sorry to see Glasgow Women’s Library miss out on the prize, and Tate St Ives beat off stiff competition from the finalists: Brooklands Museum (Weybridge), Ferens Art Gallery (Hull), Glasgow Women’s Library, The Postal Museum (London) and Tate St Ives (Cornwall). Each of the other finalist museums received a £10,000 prize in recognition of their achievements.
Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director and chair of the judges, said:
‘Tate St Ives tells the story of the artists who have lived and worked in Cornwall in an international context. The new extension to the gallery is deeply intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful, providing the perfect stage for a curatorial programme that is at once adventurous, inclusive and provocative. The judges admired an architect and gallery team who devoted some 12 years to this transformational change, consulting with the local community all the way.’
Judge Melanie Manchot, said,
‘As soon as I walked into Tate St Ives I had an amazingly strong feeling that they’re doing something innovative. I’ve visited before, but now the whole building, the galleries, the views all feel different – they have been given a new lease of life. The extension has not so much been an addition as a complete re-imagining. I was deeply impressed by the passion and knowledge of their guides to the collection and exhibition – all local to the gallery. Though they were closed for 18 months during their redevelopment they kept their members, which I feel speaks to a sense of belonging and a new Tate St Ives so much more embedded in its community. For me, it was a profound experience.’
The biggest museum prize in the world, Art Fund Museum of the Year seeks out and celebrate innovation, imagination and exceptional achievement in museums and galleries across the UK. The judges award £100,000 to one outstanding winner and £10,000 to each other finalist.