York Art Gallery has been shortlisted for European Museum of the Year 2017 and is the only UK venue on the list!
There are other contenders for this prize. They include Greece’s Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Portugal’s Money Museum in Lisbon, the Swedish National Museum of Science & Technology in Stockholm and Poland’s Emigration Museum in Gdynia. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Zagreb, Croatia on 6th May 2017.
York gallery is on a list of 46 nominees from 24 countries. The award is titled the ‘European Museum of the Year’. The nomination follows a string of successes for York Art Gallery. It reopened to critical acclaim in August 2015 following an £8million refurbishment.
Chief executive of York Museums Trust, Reyahn King said:
To be the only British museum on the list was ‘an incredible achievement. She said it was international recognition for the transformation which had taken place at the gallery. It will help us to promote the gallery and the city of York as an exciting cultural destination to new audiences across the continent.