We are delighted to have been selected as one of five finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019. Regarded as the most prestigious museum prize in the world, the annual award celebrates innovation and exceptional achievement in museums and galleries across the UK.
Congratulations to the other four museums shortlisted: HMS Caroline in Belfast; Nottingham Contemporary; Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford; and St Fagans National Museum of History, near Cardiff.
It’s an honour for everyone who has helped create, launch and run V&A Dundee for the museum to be shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019. This award recognises achievements in 2018, a year when we reached the milestone of engaging over 100,000 people some six months before opening the museum, travelled across Scotland to work with young people, and then launched the museum with a thrilling family festival of design and music.
Since opening, we have already welcomed over 500,000 visitors, double our pre-opening estimates, as well as attracting many people to other visitor attractions in Dundee and spend time in this beautiful area of Scotland.
2019 is set to be a very exciting year for us, having just opened our new exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt and now as a nominee for the biggest museum prize in the world.
The winning museum will receive £100,000 and will be announced on Wednesday 3 July 2019. The other shortlisted museums will receive £10,000 each in recognition of their achievements. This year’s judging panel for the award, chaired by Stephen Deuchar, Director of Art Fund, are David Batchelor, artist; Brenda Emmanus, broadcaster and journalist; Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive, Glasgow Life; Bill Sherman, Director, Warburg Institute.
Good luck to all the museums shortlisted and whatever role you played in bringing the museum to life, thank you! From everyone in the city to our architects, engineers and lenders, from funders and partners to staff at the museum and all of our wonderful 554,537 visitors.
Philip Long, Director