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Art Fund Prize judges to visit

Art Fund Prize judges to visit

19 April 2011

On Wednesday 20 April three Art Fund Prize judges will visit the People’s History Museum in Manchester, one of the museums and galleries in the running for the much-coveted £100,000 Art Fund Prize.

The People’s History Museum is among ten museums and galleries to be long listed for the prestigious accolade.  The Art Fund Prize 2011 rewards excellence and innovation in museums and galleries across the UK for a project completed or undertaken in 2010.

On Wednesday 20 April three of the seven judges will view the museum: museums and heritage consultant Kathy Gee, Guardian journalist Charlotte Higgins and Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey. They will be given a tour around the museum by Director Katy Archer, Trustees and other staff.

In advance of the visit Katy Archer said: “We are very excited about welcoming the judges to the People’s History Museum. Being long listed for the 2011 Art Fund Prize is testimony to the success and achievements of the museum since we reopened our new building in 2010. The transformation of our museum was very much down to the team effort that went into the project and all of our team are looking forward to meeting the judges, showing them around our museum and talking to them about our plans for the museum’s future success and growth.”

Chair of the judges Michael Portillo and fellow judges Lars Tharp and Jeremy Deller visited the museum last month.

The trip on Wednesday’s marks the end of the judges’ visits to all the long listed institutions.

Once all the visits are over the judges will meet to draw up a short list. Michael Portillo will announce the short list of four on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on 19 May at 7.15pm.