Yorkshire Sculpture Park has won the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014.
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. The winner was announced at a ceremony at the National Gallery in London on Wednesday 9 July 2014.
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The other finalist museums were: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, East Sussex; Hayward Gallery, London; The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; and Tate Britain, London. Previous winners include the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London (2013); the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (2012), and the British Museum, London (2011).
YSP's entry highlighted 2013 activity at the Park. 2013 was YSP’s busiest year ever with the presentation of world-class exhibitions by acclaimed artists, such as Yinka Shonibare MBE
, Amar Kanwar
and Hans Josephsohn
, to 350,000 visitors. The year also marked the momentous opening of Roger Hiorns’ Seizure
, 2008/2013, an important and stunning addition to the Park.
Alongside the world-class exhibition programme, YSP’s learning programme
played a crucial part in the Park’s 2013 success. Attracting almost 45,000 learners in 2012/13, the vibrant programme offered tours, workshops, events and resources, alongside the development of groundbreaking outreach projects, which were vital in engaging new audiences and providing a unique art experience for hard to reach groups.
Improvements were also made to the historical features of Park, including the estate’s 18th century chapel. A £500,000 restoration project carried out over nine months has transformed the chapel into a unique and versatile gallery space. The building reopened to the public on 24 May 2014 with an exhibition by world renowned artist Ai Weiwei