Art Fund Prize: British Museum nominated for £100,000 award for radio series

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A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS: a Moai statue, one of the objects featured in the series Photo: Gavin Hellier

The Telegraph: “London’s British Museum has been nominated for the UK’s largest arts prize following the success of the popular Radio 4 series, ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ (follow this link for the podcasts).

The series, a unique collaboration between the BBC and the British Museum, comprised one hundred 15-minute episodes, broadcast daily on Radio 4 in five tranches and presented the by British Museum’s Director, Neil MacGregor. It was also published in book form in November last year, and both the publication and the programme were widely acclaimed. The Telegraph’s radio critic Gillian Reynolds wrote of the programme:

“When MacGregor described an object I could see it. I could feel it when he stretched the boundaries of familiar maps. I understood the connection he made between the gold of Croesus and a 20th century credit card, I began to grasp the eternal intersections across time of art, politics, commerce, sex and power.

The Art Fund Prize rarely honours such major institutions with the award.(…)

The public are encouraged to vote for the winner in an online poll, hosted by The Art Fund Prize website. The results of the poll and online comments will inform the judge’s decision.

A short list of four museums to be announced on 19 May, the £100,000 cash prize will be awarded to the ‘Museum of the Year’ at a ceremony on 15 June. ”

Read on at The Telegraph where you also find the Art Fund Prize long list in full.

Listen or download the podcasts here: Radio 4: ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’.