Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 – audio-descriptive introductions to the finalists

VocalEyes are pleased to again be partnering with Art Fund, to work with the five finalists in the running for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 – the world’s largest and most prestigious prize for museums. The shortlisted museums for 2018 are: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Glasgow Women’s Library; The Postal Museum, London; and Tate St Ives.

The aim of the prize is to champion the work of museums, recognise what makes an exceptional museum, and encourage more people to visit them. The 2017 winner was art gallery the Hepworth Wakefield. This year the winning museum, which will receive £100,000, will be announced at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Thursday 5 July 2018. In addition, the other shortlisted museums will each receive £10,000 in recognition of their achievements.

VocalEyes has worked with each finalist to create an audio descriptive introduction. These recorded guides highlight the museums’ achievements, detail how to access the museums, outline their provision for blind and partially sighted visitors, and include descriptions of the architecture and layout of the sites. The recordings are available in a playlist at the bottom of this page, and on SoundCloud.

The jury for this year’s award, chaired by Art Fund’s Director Dr Stephen Deuchar CBE, comprises Director of the Science Museum Group Ian Blatchford; BBC Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones; artist Melanie Manchot; and Chair of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and Art Fund trustee Monisha Shah.

Speaking on behalf of the jury, Stephen Deuchar said: ‘Above all, Art Fund Museum of the Year is a prize for exceptional originality and innovation. Each of our five finalists has tapped into very current concerns: the progress of Glasgow Women’s Library exemplifies the quickening march towards equality; the Postal Museum addresses our first social network; Brooklands is inspiring the next generation of engineers; and the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull and Tate St Ives are galvanising their communities around visual culture. Each one expands the very idea of what a museum can be. I would encourage everyone to see and experience them first-hand.’

For further information about the finalist museums and the Art Fund, visit the Art Fund website.

Photo credit: Postal Museum: Image by Marc Atkins © Marc Atkins / Art Fund 2018

Audio playlist