The Art Fund Prize 2010

Dynamism and originality in Britain's museums
The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK

1 / 11 The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK

Bank Holiday Joust

2 / 11 Bank Holiday Joust

Conflicts of Interest

3 / 11 Conflicts of Interest

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, UK

4 / 11 The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, UK

Blists Hill Victorian Town

5 / 11 Blists Hill Victorian Town

Fossil Stories, North Gallery

6 / 11 Fossil Stories, North Gallery

The Leach Pottery, St Ives, Cornwall, UK

7 / 11 The Leach Pottery, St Ives, Cornwall, UK

Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK

8 / 11 Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK

The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, UK

9 / 11 The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, UK

The Darwin Centre

10 / 11 The Darwin Centre

The Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

11 / 11 The Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Art Fund is the UK’s leading independent art charity. Every year, the Fund awards £100,000 to a museum or gallery for a dynamic and original project - completed in the previous 12 months - which is deemed to have particularly connected with the public. Previous winners have included the Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales and The Light Box in Surrey.

The winner for the 2010 award is The Ulster Museum, Belfast. Part of the National Museums Northern Ireland, the Ulster Museum has reopened following a three-year redevelopment that has fundamentally reshaped the character of this major institution.


A further 10 nominees were short-listed for the 2010 prize:

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
An ambitious redevelopment of one of the great university museums of the world extends and enhances public access to its remarkable collections of art and archaeology.

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Shropshire
The transformation of a fifty-four acre site, part of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, interprets life in a typical town of the East Shropshire Coalfield around 1900.

The Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle
Three outstanding collections of natural history, Roman and Anglo-Saxon archaeology and Greek and Etruscan Art and Archaeology have been combined for the first time to create a major new museum for the North of England.

Hampton Court Palace, London for Henry VIII: Heads and Hearts
In 2009 Historic Royal Palaces celebrated the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession with the most ambitious programme of exhibitions, events, displays and preparatory conservation work that it had ever staged at the King’s former royal residence.

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
A long-established regional museum has been transformed through a major redevelopment which is reaching new audiences and has become a fresh focus for local pride.

The Leach Pottery, St Ives
The rescue and restoration of the most influential studio pottery in the world, founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, is in the Cornish fishing village of St Ives.

The National Army Museum, London, for Conflicts of Interest
A new exhibition exploring the impact of 40 years of conflict on Britain’s soldiers and civilians worldwide is designed to capture history as it happens, and to allow visitors to contribute to its evolution.

The Natural History Museum, London, for the new Darwin Centre
An awe inspiring new public space and state-of-the-art science and collections facility that allows visitors to explore world-class science in action. This is the most significant expansion at the Natural History Museum since it moved to South Kensington in 1881.

The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London
The important scientific collections of the 200-year old Royal Institution have been brought to life in a new exhibition, part of a major refurbishment and enlargement of the Grade I listed building, supporting the Institution’s mission of making science accessible to all.

The Towner, Eastbourne
The rebirth of a long-established local authority gallery as a stunning new public art space for Eastbourne and the leading centre for visual arts in the South East.

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