Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017

We are pleased to announce that the winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 is The Hepworth Wakefield.

In the words of Art Fund director and chair of judges, Stephen Deuchar: 'The Hepworth Wakefield has been a powerful force of energy from the moment it opened in 2011, but it has just kept growing in reach and impact ever since. David Chipperfield’s building has proved a perfect stage – both for the display of collections and as a platform for a breathtaking sequence of special exhibitions, curated with determined originality by the talented curatorial team.'  
Art Fund Museum of the Year is the world’s biggest museum prize, awarding one outstanding UK museum £100,000, while the other finalists receive £10,000 in recognition of their achievements.

The Hepworth Wakefield


What a year it's been for The Hepworth Wakefield - a 21% increase in visitor numbers, bold new sculpture prize, and an ambitious exhibitions programme including major retrospectives of Stanley Spencer and Martin Parr. 
2016 has truly seen The Hepworth Wakefield go from strength to strength, cementing Yorkshire's place as the home of British sculpture.
'The Hepworth serves its local community with unfailing flair and dedication... It's the museum everyone would dream of having on their doorstep.'
Stephen Deuchar
Art Fund Museum of the Year recognises museums that have undertaken transformative projects; brought their collections to life for audiences in exceptional ways; delivered an innovative programme of audience development, learning or outreach; and won the support of their visitors. Previous winners include the V&A, London (2016), The Whitworth, Manchester (2015), and Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2014).