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The Gulbenkian Prize

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch generously funded the first five years of this award, enabling it to become established as a major event on the UK cultural scene. See all Gulbenkian Prize long lists, short lists and winners from 2003 to 2007.

 

  Winner 2005
Pallant House Gallery
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Francine Stock, Chairman of Judges, Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for 	Culture, Media & Sport, Stefan van Raay, Director of Pallant House Gallery, Lady 	Cobham, Chairman of The Museum Prize Trust.
Francine Stock, Chairman of Judges, Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, Stefan van Raay, Director of Pallant House Gallery, Lady Cobham, Chairman of The Museum Prize Trust.
 
The Pallant House Gallery Team: Marc Steene, Education Officer; Harriet Wailling, Marketing Executive; Andrew Churchill, Communications Manager; Elaine Bentley, Director’s Assistant; Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox, Chairman of Trustees; Stefan van Raay, Director.
The Pallant House Gallery Team: Marc Steene, Education Officer; Harriet Wailling, Marketing Executive; Andrew Churchill, Communications Manager; Elaine Bentley, Director’s Assistant; Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox, Chairman of Trustees; Stefan van Raay, Director.

Photographs by James Darling

 
The fifth Gulbenkian Prize for museums and galleries was won by Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, East Sussex.
 

Francine Stock, Chairman of the Gulbenkian judges, who made the winning announcement at a ceremony on 24th May at the Royal Institute of British Architects, said,

“Each of the four short-listed museums and galleries was vivid and exciting; our decision came only after impassioned, sometimes agonised, debate.  We’re delighted finally to award this Prize to a jewel of a gallery. The brilliance of Pallant House Gallery lies not only in its thoughtful and intelligent curation but in the warmth and welcome of the building. There’s nothing elitist about the way this fine collection is displayed – intimate yet with space for reflection and tranquillity.”

Reporting reactions to their win, Stefan van Raay, Director of Pallant House Gallery, said,

“It is an incredible surprise that we won and until the announcement, we did not have a clue at all. It is absolutely fabulous to have won the prize because the other three finalists are all hugely successful projects. The effect of the prize is immediately noticeable, a very excited response by Friends, staff, volunteers and more visitors through the door since the announcement.

The prize is a reward to the hard work and dedication of everybody who has been involved in the project, but particularly, we dedicate it to the memory of Sandy Wilson, with his wife MJ Long, the architect of the new extension and the donor of the Wilson gift of 20th century British art, who died ten days ago, just after the judges made their decision.“
 
Roger Smedley, Chairman of ss Great Britain, receives the Gulbenkian bowl from Lady Cobham. Matthew Tanner, Director of ss Great Britain behind.  

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Short List 2007

Long List 2007

Judges 2007

Winner 2006

Winner 2005

Winner 2004

Winner 2003

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Picture of ‘’We’ve Won!’ wall at Pallant House Gallery
Since the Gallery's nomination for the Prize in January 2007, visitors have been invited to record their support on stickers on a wall in the Gallery entrance. Supporters' signatures include artists Peter Blake and Mary Fedden, and authors Joanna Trollope and P D James.
 
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