Notes to editors:
• Charles Jencks
Charles Jencks was born in Baltimore in 1939 and now designs landscape, sculpture and writes on cosmogenic art. In addition to Landform, recent commissions include DNA sculptures for James Watson at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Long Island, Matt Ridley, Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne and DNA sculpture for the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. His links with Scotland are extensive – his home, Portrack House in Dumfriesshire, backs onto one of the most spectacular gardens anywhere in the world – the garden of Cosmic Speculation, which he devised with his wife, Maggie Keswick.
Charles Jencks is currently designing a landform sculpture for in
front of a new Maggie's Centre (of which he is a Trustee) which is due to open at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.
• The Gulbenkian Prize 2004 judges are:
Loyd Grossman OBE, chair
Joan Bakewell CBE, broadcaster and writer
Mark Bolland, PR professional and former Deputy Private Secretary to HRH the Prince of Wales
Sokari Douglas Camp, sculptor
Peter Jenkinson OBE, founding Director of Creative Partnerships
Mark Lythgoe, neurophysiologist and lecturer
Rosie Millard, columnist and former arts correspondent for the BBC
• The Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year is administered by The Museum Prize, a charitable company created in 2001 by representatives of National Heritage, the Museums Association, the National Art Collections Fund and the Campaign for Museums. These organisations agreed to put aside award schemes they formerly ran (including the National Heritage Museum of the Year) and lend their support to the prize.
The Museum Prize is chaired by Lady Cobham. Trustees of The Museum Prize include representatives of all four founding organisations.
• The Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is responsible for grant aid in the UK and Republic of Ireland and runs funding programmes in arts, social welfare, education and Anglo-Portuguese cultural relations.
The Foundation’s founder, Calouste Gulbenkian, was one of the most distinguished private collectors in the world. The Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon is well-known and loaned several major pieces of Lalique jewellery to the V & A’s highly acclaimed Art Nouveau exhibition in 2000 and simultaneously mounted a major exhibition of its treasures at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is supporting The Gulbenkian Prize by guaranteeing prize money of £100,000 a year over five years; it is also providing some of the funding for administration.
The Gulbenkian Prize is also supported by Museums, Archives and Libraries Council and by Sir Christopher Ondaatje CBE, who is passionately interested in raising awareness of the range and quality of museums and galleries in Britain.
Additional sponsors of the 2004 Prize are Blackwall Green, specialists in insurance for museums and galleries, Lloyds TSB Private Banking, D& F Wine Shippers, Ernst and Young, and Keeley & Lowe Ltd, printers.
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