Museum of the Year: Whitworth in Manchester wins prize
By Tim Masters
Arts and entertainment correspondent
2 July 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
The Whitworth was founded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park
Manchester’s Whitworth has been named as Museum of the Year 2015 following a £15m redevelopment that led to record visitor numbers to the art gallery.
Whitworth director Maria Balshaw said the expansion project had “unlocked the potential” of the building.
She accepted the £100,00 Art Fund prize – presented by novelist Ben Okri – at a ceremony at Tate Modern.
It is the biggest museum prize in the world and the largest arts award in Britain.
The judges said the Whitworth was “an impressive institution” that had “cemented its place at the centre of the cultural national stage”.
Maria Balshaw said the Whitworth was open to all communities in Manchester
The Whitworth underwent the largest physical transformation in its 125-year history in 2014. The project doubled its size and connected the building with its surrounding park.
“To be recognised on such a strong shortlist has been a delight,” Dr Balshaw told the BBC …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment