Art Fund Museum of the Year

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Tate St Ives in Cornwall

Yesterday evening at a ceremony at the V&A in London, Tate St Ives was revealed to be the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018.

It was one of five museums competing for the prize which included Brooklands Museum in the Surrey town of Weybridge, the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the Glasgow Women’s Library and the Postal Museum in London.

Tate St Ives, will receive £100,000, whilst the other four shortlisted museums will each receive £10,000.

What seems to have clinched it for Tate St Ives was the £20 million refurbishment of its galleries, its new extension and the sympathetic and careful way that the work had been achieved.

But this time there was also added praise for the guides – those often unsung people whose enthusiasm for a museum, gallery or heritage site sometimes gets overlooked when awards are given. One of the judges, the artist, Melanie Manchot , said “I was deeply impressed by the passion and knowledge of their guides to the collection and exhibition – all local to the gallery.”

Encouragingly, 7,000 people have registered for the new annual St Ives Locals Pass and whilst that may not sound a lot to some it represents about 1.5% of the total population of Cornwall or about a tenth of all the people within about a fifteen mile radius of the town.

St Ives has attracted artists for a century or more because of the light and the landscape. The Nicholsons, Barbara Hepworth and Patrick Heron are just some of the home-grown artists who converged on St Ives. Interestingly and with almost prescient forthought, Tate St Ives has two exhibitions running at the moment, one of which is about the work of Heron and the other is looking at the role of modern art in St Ives.


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