Craven Museum Shortlisted For Art Fund 2024 Museum Of The Year

in Skipton

In an exciting development for art and cultural enthusiasts, Craven Museum, housed within the iconic Skipton Town Hall, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year 2024.

This recognition highlights the museum’s dedication to community engagement, innovative access, and cultural leadership, setting a benchmark for small museums worldwide.

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Important Cultural Innovation and Community Engagement

Craven Museum is not just a repository of history and art but a lively cultural hub deeply embedded in its community. Situated in the Grade II listed Skipton Town Hall at the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, the museum is part of a larger cultural complex that includes an exhibition gallery, a historic concert hall, and spaces for education and community activities.

The museum’s strategic location and inclusive ethos make it a cornerstone for cultural enrichment in the region.

Pioneering Accessibility and Inclusion

Under the leadership of Danielle Daglan, the Head of Culture and Archives at North Yorkshire Council, Craven Museum has been a leader in creating accessible cultural experiences. Daglan’s vision that “all communities deserve the highest quality cultural experiences” is reflected in every aspect of the museum’s operations.

The museum’s focus on accessibility is evident through initiatives designed to integrate all members of the community, irrespective of their physical or economic constraints. This approach has earned the museum accolades such as the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award and the Best Accessible Museum Award in 2023.

An Impactful Year of Cultural Contributions

The museum’s contributions to the local community and the broader cultural context have been significant. Between 2022 and 2023, the museum showcased the works of 115 artists and facilitated 8 community group displays, which played a crucial role in enriching the cultural dialogue within the region.

Also, the museum’s proactive approach to addressing the cost of living crisis by offering free or low-cost activities during school holidays underscores its commitment to educational outreach and community support.

Recognition Among Giants

The nomination of Craven Museum alongside renowned institutions such as the Dundee Contemporary Arts, Manchester Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and Young V&A further attests to its stature and the quality of its contributions to the cultural sector.

This year’s competition, judged by a panel of distinguished cultural leaders, will culminate in an awards ceremony at the National Gallery in London, where the final winner of the £120,000 prize will be unveiled.

A Call to Experience Cultural Excellence

Art Fund’s director, Jenny Waldman, praised all finalists for their community-centric programs and their resilience in challenging funding environments. She encouraged people to visit these “extremely special spaces” to witness firsthand the impact of museums in enriching communities and supporting young people.

As Craven Museum prepares for the summer, it plans to use its shortlisting to enhance visitor experiences through various events and activities. This recognition not only celebrates the museum’s past achievements but also sets the stage for its future endeavors in serving and inspiring its community.

See full press release here.

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