The purpose of the Gulbenkian Prize is to recognise and stimulate originality, imagination and excellence in museums and galleries in the UK, and increase public appreciation and enjoyment of all they have to offer.  
  A single award of £100,000 is presented to a museum or gallery, large or small, anywhere in the UK, whose entry, in the opinion of the judges, best demonstrates a track record of imagination, innovation and excellence through work mainly undertaken during the previous calendar year.  

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The Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries

The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity, has taken over sponsorship of the Prize from the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The first Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries will be awarded in May 2008. Visit for details of how to apply.


2007 Winner announced

Pallant House Gallery, home to one of the UK’s finest collections of modern British art, has won the £100,000 Gulbenkian Prize for museums and galleries.


2007 Judges

Francine Stock, novelist, journalist and broadcaster, chairs this year’s panel of independent judges.