Hepworth Wakefield named Museum of the Year

Last night The Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire was awarded UK Museum of the Year. The venue, which opened six years ago, will receive a £100,000 prize from Art Fund.

The other nominees were Tate Modern, the Lapworth Museum of Geology in Birmingham, Sir John Soane's Museum in London and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Suffolk.

Art Fund Museum of the Year is the world’s biggest museum prize, awarding one outstanding UK museum £100,000. The other finalists will receive £10,000 in recognition of their achievements.

The Hepworth Wakefield has recently come under scrutiny for its Howard Hodgkin exhibition, Painting India, when their approach to diversity was criticised by Niru Ratnam in The Spectator.