Art Fund Prize: 'Bedlam' shortlisted for £100,000
The Museum of the Mind at Bethlem Royal Hospital, West Wickham – which gave the English language the word ‘bedlam’ - is one of four short-listed for the £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year Award.
The museum, which AI featured in March last year, moved into refurbished premises at the UK’s oldest psychiatric institution in 2015 since when it has increased its visitor numbers from 1,298 to over 11,000.
Also shortlisted are the Arnolfini, Bristol, following a transformation of its harbourside galleries; Jupiter Artland, the sculpture collection combining art and nature at Bonnington House near Edinburgh, which expanded its gallery space last year; The V&A for its new Europe 1600-1815 galleries which opened last December; and York Art Gallery which reopened last summer following an £8m development.
Chairman of the judges was Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar who said: “Whether reaching audiences of thousands or millions, the best museums turn objects into culture, put audiences at the heart of their work, and engage with issues of the moment. This shortlist shows why and how UK museums lead the world.”