V&A Shows Class and Generosity After Winning Museum of the Year 2016
We’re always proud of our affiliation with the fantastic Victoria & Albert Museum, but even more so after they scooped the award for Museum of the Year 2016. To top things off, they immediately announced that they would be using the £100,000 to support smaller museums across the country.
The award was announced by the Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony that took place at the Natural History Museum. With the judges commenting that the V&A had “indisputably become one of the best museums in the world”.
Our work with V&A has collaborations on a number of tiles, replicated and inspired from original works that can be found within the museum. Works from artists William De Morgan, Owen Jones, and much more have all been turned into a unique and stylish tile range.
Speaking on the award, which is the world’s largest museum prize and single arts prize in the UK, V&A Director, Martin Roth had this to say:
"There are a lot of smaller museums that do any amazing job" a statement he believed so passionately that it was followed with "We thought it's great to be there on the shortlist, but the other ones deserve the prize and the money."
The V&A was chosen from a shortlist of five finalists for the prestigious award, including:
- Arnolfini, Bristol
- Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London
- Jupiter Artland, West Lothian
- York Art Gallery, Yorkshire
Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director and chairman of the judges poured further praise over the museum, stating:
"The V&A experience is an unforgettable one," said Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director and chairman of the judges.
"Its recent exhibitions from Alexander McQueen to The Fabric of India, and the opening of its new Europe 1600-1815 galleries, were all exceptional accomplishments - at once entertaining and challenging, rooted in contemporary scholarship, and designed to reach and affect the lives of a large and diverse national audience.
"It was already one of the best-loved museums in the country: This year it has indisputably become one of the best museums in the world."
For more information on the fabulous V&A Museum, visit their website here, or even better, go and visit it in person!
To see their range of tiles, you can see them in all of their splendid glory on our own website here.