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Aberdeen Art Gallery wins Museum of the Year 2020

Re-opened in November 2019, AAG celebrates its year of activity with a £200,000 award

by Rory Buccheri

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Earlier this week, Aberdeen Art Gallery has been announced among the winners of the Art Fund Museum of the Year award.

The £200,000 award will be distributed among the five winning museums, two of them in Scotland (Aberdeen, Gairloch) and three in England ( Science Museum London, South London Galler, Towner Estbourne).

The prize comes as a badge of pride and a reward for AAG, in recognition of the challenges faced by many exhibition spaces this year.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokesperson, said: “Covid-19 abruptly

halted the fantastic momentum that had built since Aberdeen Art Gallery re-opened in November

2019. We welcomed over 100,000 visitors in under 100 days and then, suddenly, we were closed again. Being a Museum of the Year winner is the best ‘welcome back’

present imaginable."

Aberdeen Art Gallery is a thriving cultural space for Aberdeen city, hosting an 'exceptional collection of art and heritage' and having undergone an 'astounding and ambitious redevelopment project', as one of the judges described it.

As part of the week-long celebration, Aberdeen Art Gallery will unveil Spotify playlists inspired by

the Gallery’s outstanding collection, present its first ever live stream concert with a performance of

Beethoven’s Sonata, Opus 110, by virtuoso pianist Joseph Long, and share staff reflections on

portraits on display in the BP Portrait Award 2020 which opened at Aberdeen Art Gallery on Saturday

10 October. You can get involved at and by following Aberdeen Art Gallery &

Museums on social media @AbdnArtMuseums and


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