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Kelvingrove Gallery Loses UK Arts Award

June 12, 2007

Kelvingrove Art Gellery, GlasgowGlasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery recently lost out in the judging of a prestigious £100,000 arts award.

It was one of the final four entries in the running for the Gulbenkian Prize, the biggest single arts award in Britain. Yet despite independent polling indicating a significant preference for the Glasgow museum, judges decided the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, should receive the award to contribute to its planned £8.8million modern gallery extension.

The 24 House Museum website reported that, “Readers voted in droves for the much-loved Glasgow venue. Out of 4378 votes cast via e-mail, Kelvingrove was the clear winner with 1964, reflecting the popularity of the recent redevelopment of the facility.”

Judge Chairman, Francine Stock, said: “Each of the four short-listed museums and galleries was vivid and exciting and our decision came only after impassioned debate.”

Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow’s west end has attracted almost three million visitors since it reopened in July 2006 after a 3-year major refurbishment programme, and it is the third most popular museum in Britain, with visitor numbers already exceeding those of Edinburgh Castle, traditionally Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction.

A Glasgow City Council spokes-man said: “It is disappointing but many organisations have already recognised the fantastic success of Kelvingrove’s refurbishment through awards and nominations.”

Tom McWilliam of VisitScotland, said: “It’s a great honour that Kelvingrove was the only Scottish museum to make it on to the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize shortlist.”

~ Colin Galbraith ~

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