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Art Fund Prize short list announced

The short list for the Art Fund Prize 2011 has now been announced. The following four museums have been selected to go through to the final stage out of a long list of ten:

  • The British Museum, London, for A History of the World
  • The Polar Museum, University of Cambridge, for Promoting Britain's Polar Heritage
  • The new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Scotland
  • The Roman Baths Museum, Bath, for Roman Baths Development

Jeremy Deller talks to Roman characters at Roman Baths MuseumChair of the Judges Michael Portillo said:  “It was inspiring to see the transformation brought about by each project and to meet the enthusiastic, dedicated staff behind each one. Choosing a short list was not easy but we are agreed that these four museums and galleries exhibit remarkable innovation and flair, which excited us and clearly draws in the general public too.”

Art Fund director, Stephen Deuchar said: “Taking the short list as a snapshot of UK museums and galleries, the sheer variety of scale, subject matter and locality goes to show just how diverse and idiosyncratic this country’s cultural institutions are – using their collections to explore history over millennia, across the globe and through many civilisations. I very much look forward to seeing which of the four has truly won the judges’ hearts and will go on to win the £100,000 prize and be crowned ‘museum of the year’.”

The single £100,000 prize for the ‘Museum of the Year’ will be awarded on 15 June.

Listen on Front Row

Chair of the Judges Michael Portillo announced the short list live on Front Row today, 19 May. If you missed it, you can listen again online for one week. You also have time to catch Jeremy Deller’s audio diaries which were broadcast on Monday 16, Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 May. Michael Portillo will announce the winner on the programme on 15 June.

Watch on the Culture Show

Alistair Sooke visited the short listed museums on BBC2’s Culture Show tonight, 18 May. You can watch it again.

Online Poll

The public poll reopens on Friday 20 May. This is your last chance to tell the judges which museum is your favourite and why. You can also enter a draw to win an iPad. You have until 5pm on 7 June to have your say – the museums are counting on your support.

Long List 2011

Find out more about the long list of ten museums and galleries.

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Image: Jeremy Deller talks to Roman characters at Roman Baths Museum, April 2011.
© Freia Turland