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Art Fund 2012 Shortlist announced

— May 2012

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The longlist has been whittled down to just four very different museums

The list of UK museums and galleries left in the running for the 2012 Art Fund prize – £100,000 and the title Museum of the Year – has been whittled down to just four.

The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire

David Chipperfield's architectural masterpiece breathes new life into Wakefield's stunning collection of Modern art.

Watts Gallery, Guildford, Surrey

Dedicated to GF Watts, Guildford's jewel of a gallery is shining brighter than ever following a £10 million refurbishment.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Set in the heart of the Scottish capital, the 17 polished and restored galleries tell the story of the people of Scotland.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Devon

A place to lose yourself in a treasure trove of fascinating objects, from fine art and archaeology to botany and geology.

The five projects shortlisted for the Clore Award for Museum Learning 2012 have also been announced. The initiatives in contention for the £10,000 award are:

  • Camden Arts Centre, Get The Message
  • Florence Nightingale Museum, Our Generation's Re-interpretation
  • Leicestershire County Council Heritage and Arts Service, Held in the Hand and Touch Tables
  • The Whitworth Art Gallery, The Manchester Early Years Partnership
  • Yorkshire Museum, Celebrating Severus

The winners of the Art Fund Prize and Clore Award will be announced on 19 June at the British Museum and live on BBC Radio 4 Front Row.

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