Godalming's Watts Gallery Moves Closer To Top Award
Godalming's newly restored Watts Gallery is in line to win the title of UK's museum of the year by the Art Fund Charity.
The gallery, at Compton, is one of four attractions that have been shortlisted for the 10th annual Art Fund Prize.
The four were picked from a longlist of 10.
Watts Gallery closed for two years while the restoration took place
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The winner, to be announced on 19 June, will pick up £100,000.
Lord Smith of Finsbury, chair of the judging panel, said: "Whittling 10 really strong nominees down to a list of four was a supremely difficult process, and I've no doubt that deciding on a 'museum of the year' from this list will prove equally tough."
The gallery's competition for the prize include include the £35m Hepworth Wakefield, which opened last May, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, which has had a £17.6m redevelopment and Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Commenting about the possibility of winning the prize on the gallery's website, Perdita Hunt, Director of Watts Gallery explains:
"This is wonderful news for the hundreds of friends, volunteers, donors, artists, craftsmen and staff who have worked so hard to rescue one of this country's hidden gems.
Watts believed in Art for All and winning this competition would help us to further his vision of providing the opportunity of transformation through art to more people."