Tate St Ives wins £100,000 museum award

Cornwall’s Tate St Ives has been announced as Art Fund Museum of the Year, following the completion of its £20 million extension.

Anne Barlow, director of Tate St Ives, was presented with the £100,000 prize by artist Isaac Julien and the ‘world’s best teacher’ Andria Zafirakou at an award ceremony at the V&A, London.

Stephen Deuchar, chair of the judges, said: “The new extension to the gallery is deeply intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful, providing the perfect stage for a curatorial programme that is at once adventurous, inclusive and provocative.

“The judges admired an architect and gallery team who devoted some 12 years to this transformational change, consulting with the local community all the way.”

Judge Melanie Manchot added: “As soon as I walked into Tate St Ives, I had an amazingly strong feeling that they’re doing something innovative.

“The whole building, the galleries, the views all feel different – they have been given a new lease of life.

“The extension has not so much been an addition as a complete reimagining. I was deeply impressed by the passion and knowledge of their guides to the collection and exhibition – all local to the gallery.

“Though they were closed for 18 months during their redevelopment they kept their members, which I feel speaks to a sense of belonging and a new Tate St Ives so much more embedded in its community.”

The winner was chosen from five finalists: Brooklands Museum (Weybridge), Ferens Art Gallery (Hull), Glasgow Women’s Library, The Postal Museum (London) and Tate St Ives (Cornwall).

Each of the other finalist museums received a £10,000 prize in recognition of their achievements.

Previous winners include the Hepworth Wakefield (2017), V&A, London (2016), the Whitworth, Manchester (2015), and Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2014).