Norwich’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts announced as finalist for museum prize worth £100,000

Guests at the launch night of Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia a major exhibition of works of art celebrating the artistic heritage of East Anglia at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Photo: Steve Adams Guests at the launch night of Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia a major exhibition of works of art celebrating the artistic heritage of East Anglia at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Photo: Steve Adams

Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:10 PM

Norwich’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts has been announced as one of six finalists for a prestigious museum prize worth £100,000.

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The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, awarded annually with a value of £100,000, was established in 2003 to recognise the very best of the UK’s internationally acclaimed museums.

2013 was a standout year for the Sainsbury Centre coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the University of East Anglia.

Director Paul Greenhalgh said: “The last year has seen all of our dreams realised with new facilities and the redisplay of our permanent collection. “This and our most ambitious exhibition Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia has achieved all the goals we set ourselves: it has placed the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the public eye, not only in the region but also nationally and internationally, as well as establishing us as a museum and art gallery with temporary spaces to rival the best on offer anywhere.”

Other finalists are Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, South Downs; Hayward Gallery, London; The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth; Tate Britain, London; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.

Stephen Deuchar, chairman of the judges, said: “2013 was a strong year, by any standards, for UK museums and it was no easy task to select a shortlist of six from an extraordinary body of applications.

“It is almost as if imaginative and innovative curatorship, combined with the highest standards of presentation, is no longer the exception but the rule.”

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the National Gallery in London on Wednesday 9 July 2014.

The Prize is also encouraging the public to show their support for their favourite museum by launching a photography competition and the Sainsbury Centre will be holding a workshop for keen photographers on June 7.

All information about Museum of the Year 2014 and the photography competition can be found at artfund.org/prize.

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