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Dundee V&A shortlisted for £100k museum of the year prize

The V&A is one of five museums nominated for the award and £100,000 prize.

V&A: Shortlisted for illustrious award.
V&A: Shortlisted for illustrious award. Hufton + Crow

The V&A museum in Dundee has been included in the shortlist for an illustrious award with a £100,000 prize.

Five institutions engaged in "vital" work have been shortlisted for Museum of the Year, regarded as the most prestigious museum prize in the world.

A retired navy battle cruiser is also among the finalists for the Art Fund award, which celebrates the achievement and innovation of UK museums.

Prize judges have praised the persistence and ingenuity of arts and history institutions dealing with the "complex environment of our times".

The other four museums shortlisted for the title are HMS Caroline, Belfast; Nottingham Contemporary; Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; and St Fagans National Museum of History, near Cardiff.

To celebrate being shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, V&A Dundee will open late every Friday night for the run of Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, the museum's current major exhibition. The exhibition is on until 8 September and the whole museum will be open until 21.00 every Friday from 26 April.

V&A Dundee opened on 15 September 2018, over a decade after the first conversation between the University of Dundee and the V&A about creating a new museum at the heart of the city's regeneration. Together with Abertay University, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise the museum was founded on a unique partnership of five organisations.

Throughout its creation V&A Dundee worked to inspire people and promote the understanding of design. In March 2018 the museum marked the achievement of engaging with 100,000 people, six months before opening. To date, over 500,000 people have visited the museum.

As Scotland's first design museum, V&A Dundee tells a global story, with permanent Scottish Design Galleries, major exhibitions showcasing the very best in international design, and a lively programme of commissions, events, talks and workshops.

Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said: "It is an honour for everyone who has helped create, launch and run V&A Dundee for the museum to be shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019.

"This award recognises achievements in 2018, a year when we reached the milestone of engaging over 100,000 people some six months before opening the museum, travelled across Scotland to work with young people, and then launched the museum with a thrilling family festival of design and music.

"Since opening we have already welcomed over 500,000 visitors, double our pre-opening estimates, as well as attracting many people to visit other visitor attractions in Dundee and spend time in this beautiful area of Scotland.

"2019 is set to be a very exciting year for the museum, having just opened our new exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt and now as a nominee for the biggest museum prize in the world."

Museums considered for the prize have dealt with new builds and renovation, or have displayed innovation and modernisation in their approach.

The winner will be revealed at the Science Museum in London in July and will receive £100,000, with £10,000 each going to the other shortlisted museums.

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