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Tate St Ives Awarded Art Fund Museum of the Year

Yesterday, Tate St Ives was announced as Art Fund Museum of the Year. Anne Barlow, director of Tate St Ives, was presented with the $132,000 prize by artist Isaac Julien and the “world’s best teacher” Andria Zafirakou at an award ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The winner was chosen from five finalists: the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge; the 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 $13,000 prize in recognition of their achievements.
 
The judges for Art Fund Museum of the Year were Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group; Stephen Deuchar, director of Art Fund and chair of the judges; Rebecca Jones, arts correspondent at the BBC; Melanie Manchot, artist; and Monisha Shah, independent media consultant and trustee of Art Fund.
 
Deuchar 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 program that is at once adventurous, inclusive and provocative. The judges admired an architect and gallery team who devoted some twelve years to this transformational change, consulting with the local community all the way.”

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