Wrexham’s Tŷ Pawb shortlisted for top award
Wrexham’s Tŷ Pawb Museum has been shortlisted for the world’s largest museum prize
Tŷ Pawb which opened in April 2018, is joined by four other museums on the shortlist for the Art Fund Museum of the year prize.
The shortlist for also includes The Story Museum in Oxford, People’s History Museum Manchester, the Museum of Making in Derby and London’s Horniman Museum and Gardens.
The winning museum will be announced at a ceremony at The Design Museum in London on July 14 and will receive £100,000.
The other nominees will each be given £15,000.
Organisers said the nominees reflect the “creativity and resilience” of museums and their focus on “engaging the next generation of audiences in innovative ways.”
Art Fund director Jenny Waldman said: “An abundance of applications to be Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 shows the creativity and resilience of museums right around the country, despite the immense challenges of the last two years.
“The five superb finalists are all museums on a mission who are tackling the vital issues of today – from combating the climate emergency to improving literacy or exploring migration – and reaching diverse communities as they do so.
“Each is working hard to encourage the next generation to get involved, both to inspire them and to equip them with essential skills.”
Tŷ Pawb is described as a cultural community resource, bringing together arts and markets within the same footprint and celebrating the significance of markets within Wrexham’s cultural heritage and identity.
Last year, Firstsite in Colchester, Essex was crowned museum of the year.
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It’s hardly a museum, it’s an indoor market, music venue, eatery, and Welsh language shop. It’s a great place, though.
Except it should have the english translation of the name on the building as the vast majority in wrexham do not speak welsh.