A museum in London focused on inspiring the next generation has won the world’s largest museum award.
the Horniman Museum and Gardens has been crowned the Arts Foundation’s Museum of the Year after it redefined its role as the community’s creative hub during the pandemic – having had time to reflect on the state of the art. climate emergency and Black Lives Matter protests.
Officials created a microforest to fight local air pollution and organized the 696 festival, which brings together the sound of black British people of south London through gigs, installations, collaborations and a summer music festival.
This is also the only museum in London that exhibits environmental, ecological and human culture simultaneously.
Horniman director Nick Merriman was presented with the £100,000 prize by BBC Radio 6 DJ and judge Huw Stephens during a ceremony on Thursday at the Design Museum in London.
It beats the Derby Museum, the Manufacturing Museum, the People’s History Museum in Manchester, the Story Museum in Oxford and the Tŷ Pawb art gallery in Wrexham.
Each finalist museum received a £15,000 prize in recognition of their achievements.
Jenny Waldman, arts fund director and jury chair for the Art Foundation Museum of the Year, said: “Horniman Museum and Gardens has now evolved into a truly master museum that brings together art. , nature and its numerous collections.
“Its value is woven through everything it does now, with a passionate team that breathes life and meaning into every object, performance, plant and animal.
“In many ways, this is the perfect museum and I encourage everyone to come and experience all it has to offer.”
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Dame Diane Lees, general manager of the Imperial War Museums, said: “Horniman Museum and Gardens are championing the natural environment, commissioned artists and music festivals, to bring back the best of life. Frederick Horniman’s eclectic collection of new relevance to diverse communities.
“They are setting the agenda for how a traditional museum can reinvent itself through powerful ideas.”
Last year, the award was given to Firstsite in Colchester, Essex, after it converted into a food bank and helped serve free school meals during the pandemic.
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