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Leighton House shortlisted for Art Fund Museum ofthe Year 2023

  • May 22, 2023
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Leighton House shortlisted for Art Fund Museum ofthe Year 2023

Leighton House has been shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023 – the worlds largest museum prize. Arts Fund judges selected the spectacular former studio-home of Frederic, Lord Leighton as one of five finalists.

Owned by Kensington and Chelsea Council and operating as a public museum since 1900, Leighton  house reopened in October 2022 following its transformational ‘Hidden Gem to National Treasure’ redevelopment. The sensitive restoration of Leighton House goes beyond the presentation of the home of a Victorian painter to explore broader themes of identity and cultural interaction and celebrates curiosity in the wider world.

As part of the project, the museum undertook painstaking research to continue to bring Leighton’s collection back together. It has also collaborated with contemporary artists and makers to create works of art that resonate with the influences of the house and connect with wider audiences. This includes furniture made by displaced Syrian artisans and artwork commissioned from international artists, including a striking mural titled ‘Oneness’.

The other four shortlisted museums are The BurrellCollection (Glasgow); TheMAC (Belfast); NaturalHistoryMuseum(London) and Scapa FlowMuseum (Orkney Islands). The winning museum will be announced at a ceremony at the British museum in London on 12 July and will receive  120,000, specially increased for 2023 and beyond to mark 120 years of Art Fund supporting museums. £15,000 will be given to each of the four other finalists – bringing the total prize money to £180,000. The 2023 judging panel, chaired by Art Fund director JennyWaldman, includes Larry Achiampong, artist; Mary Beard, historian and broadcaster; Abadesi Osunsade, Art Fund Trustee, author and owner of Hustle Crew, and Laura Pye, Director, National Museums Liverpool.

Speaking on behalf ofthe judges, Jenny Waldman, Director, Art Fund said:

Congratulations to Leighton Houseon being shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023. All five of our finalists are at the top of their game, offering inspirational collections and programmes for their communities and for visitors from across the UK and around the world. From transformational redevelopment to community involvement to addressing the majorissues of today,the shortlisted museums may operate at very different scales, but allshowastonishing ambition and boundless creativity. Each is a blueprintforfuture innovation inmuseums.Visit them if you possibly can.

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