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Yorkshire Sculpture Park in running to be museum of the year

Barbara Hepworth's The Family of Man, 1970. Courtesy The Hepworth Estate, Tate and YSP. Photo Marc Atkins.

Barbara Hepworth's The Family of Man, 1970. Courtesy The Hepworth Estate, Tate and YSP. Photo Marc Atkins.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is going head to head with London’s Tate Britain to be named museum of the year.

It is one of six finalists competing to win the title and a £100,000 Art Fund Prize.

Other attractions in the running include Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Museum and London’s Hayward Gallery.

Peter Murray, the park’s Founding and Executive Director, said: “We are up against some really strong competition, but we are confident that what we have at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is rare, providing an unparalleled experience for our visitors, which makes us a serious contender.”

Set in 500 acres of historic parkland the internationally renowned sculpture park is one of the world’s leading open-air galleries and attracted more than 350,000 visitors.

Mr Murray said: “We are more than delighted to be recognised as one of the best museums and galleries in this country.

“It is a great testament to the commitment and determination of everyone who has worked hard to help establish our international reputation.”

The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges chaired by Art Fund director, Stephen Deuchar.

He 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.

“We’re delighted that the Museum of the Year will salute this through both the process of the competition and, of course, the £100,000 Prize.”

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

Previous winners include the William Morris Gallery, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the British Museum.

 

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