Aberdeen Artwork Gallery and Gairloch Museum win Artwork Fund Museum of the 12 months 2020

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Gairloch Museum win Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020

Artwork Fund Museum Of The 12 months has been awarded to 5 venues throughout the nation, sharing a powerful £200,000 prize.

This 12 months, Aberdeen Artwork Gallery and Gairloch Museum have been recognised within the award, primarily based on their achievements in 2019-20.

Different winners included Towner Eastbourne, and in London, the Science Museum and South London Gallery.

Aberdeen Artwork Gallery was praised for an “bold redevelopment mission within the museum’s 135-year historical past, utterly reimagining the gallery so its extraordinary treasures, and the tales they inform might be celebrated, shared and higher understood.”

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen Metropolis Council’s tradition spokesperson, mentioned: “Covid-19 abruptly halted the improbable momentum that had constructed since Aberdeen Artwork Gallery re-opened in November 2019 following the redevelopment.

“We welcomed over 100,000 guests in beneath 100 days after which all of a sudden, we had been closed once more. Being a Museum of the 12 months winner is the most effective ‘welcome again’ current conceivable.”

Jenny Waldman, Director of Artwork Fund, mentioned: Congratulations to Aberdeen Artwork Gallery. The 5 Artwork Fund Museum of the 12 months 2020 winners are distinctive examples of museums providing inspiration, reflection and pleasure within the coronary heart of communities.

“The UK’s museums – admired worldwide and very important domestically – had been thriving earlier than Covid-19. Now they may help rebuild our communities and confidence as we emerge from the virus.” 

Malcolm Roughead, chief government of VisitScotland, mentioned: “I used to be thrilled to listen to that not one however two Scottish venues had been chosen amongst the 5 winners of the Artwork Fund’s prestigious Museum Of The 12 months prize.

“Though very completely different of their cultural choices, Aberdeen Artwork Gallery and Gairloch Museum are equally deserving of this accolade, having each made large efforts to display – for the needs of this award – that their work over the earlier 12 months has stood out method past that of their rivals.

“On the coronary heart of Gairloch Museum’s relocation and reopening has been an enormous neighborhood effort from a improbable volunteer base, to efficiently safe £2.4m in funding to redevelop and rework a derelict navy bunker into such a improbable new customer attraction. For such a small neighborhood, that is inspirational.

“Aberdeen Artwork Gallery reopened in November following its bold £34.6m redevelopment. It’s not solely a stupendous constructing and world-class arts advanced but additionally an thrilling customer vacation spot, mixing the historic with the up to date.

“I want to personally congratulate each venues for shining a highlight on and additional strengthening the cultural providing for guests to Scotland throughout what has been a massively difficult 12 months for the tourism trade”

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