2014 - Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2014, read more about this dramatic sculpture park, home of 'art without walls'.

Yorkshire Scultpure Park, black stone scultpure (2014) by Marc AtkinsArt Fund

Yorkshire Scupture Park is a 500-acre outdoor art gallery in West Yorkshire, featuring modern and contemporary sculpture by prominent artists as well as temporary exhibitions. The landscape includes open fields, lakes and woodland, making it a beautiful setting for art.

Yorkshire Scultpure Park, stone scultpure (2014) by Marc AtkinsArt Fund

Sustainability at the core

Yorkshire Sculpture Park's environmentally conscious approach to art and sustainability impressed the Museum of the Year judges.

Yorkshire Scultpure Park, wind scultpure (2014) by Jonty WildeArt Fund

World-class exhibitions

The gallery presents world-class exhibitions by acclaimed artists. Standouts from the year prior to winning the prize included exhibitions of work by Yinka Shonibare, Amar Kanwar and Hans Josephsohn.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park film (2014) by Art FundArt Fund

Sir Peter Edward Murray CBE (2014) by Simon RawlesArt Fund

Peter Murray, director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park from 1977

"We are so surprised and honoured to win this major award. It’s extremely important to have the validation of our peers. This award is dedicated to our incredible staff, the artists with whom we’re privileged to work so closely, and our truly wonderful visiting public."

Sam Mendes (2014) by Simon RawlesArt Fund

Sam Mendes, film director and producer

"Art is alive and the idea that art is old and art is dead and that art is static is entirely incorrect."

Exterior building of YSP (2014) by Marc AtkinsArt Fund

West Yorkshire

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located on the 18th-century Bretton Hall estate, with stunning views across the landscape.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park were the winner but there were four other amazing museums on this year's shortlist...

Tate Britain (2014) by Marc AtkinsArt Fund

Tate Britain, London

The judges noted the gallery's comprehensive rehang, displaying British art from 1500 to the present day, as well as its commitment to engaging new audiences and digital innovation.

Hayward Gallery (2014) by Marc AtkinsArt Fund

Hayward Gallery, London

The Hayward's successful refurbishment and reopening, showcasing innovative contemporary art exhibitions and hosting diverse public programmes, really impressed the judges. 

The Mary Rose Museum (2014) by Marc AtkinsArt Fund

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

The museum's state-of-the-art design and use of cutting-edge technology to bring the story of Henry VIII's flagship to life wowed the judges.

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft (2014) by Marc AtkinsArt Fund

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

The gallery was praised for its excellent curation of work by the artists and craftspeople who lived and worked in Ditchling, showcasing their contribution to the Arts and Crafts movement.

Sainsbury Centre (2014) by Marc AtkinsArt Fund

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

The judges were excited to see the gallery's world-class collection of art from around the world, its innovative exhibition programme and its commitment to education and outreach.

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Jonty Wilde 
Marc Atkins
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