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Gloucester museums make shortlist of UK competition

Posted on 21st February 2013

Many people choose to visit some of the local cultural attractions when enjoying Forest of Dean cottage holidays, and two of Gloucester’s top museums have received some well-deserved praise this month, being shortlisted in a national competition. Sure to be included on the list of things to do for many enjoying a stay in the Forest of Dean, Gloucester City Museum and Gloucester Folk Museum are hoping to see success in the final stages of the competition.

Folk Museum

The Museums at Night Connect 10 competition is a prestigious national competition which is organised by Culture24, and the prizes to be given to the winners are outstanding. The 10 winning venues will each receive £2,000 and a celebrity artist of the museum’s choice will put on a special exhibit for two evenings at the venue.

If Gloucester City Museum is proclaimed a winner, Julia Vogl will be exhibiting her Caitlin Art Prize-winning conceptual artwork, whilst Gloucester Folk Museum is hoping for the chance to exhibit the work of Richard Wentworth, a renowned sculptor and tutor of Damien Hirst.

These two museums are both excellent venues in their own right and have earned their places in the shortlist for the Museums at Night Connect 10 competition, and many locals and those who have visited the Forest of Dean will be voting en masse for the Gloucester City Museum and Gloucester Folk Museum to receive national recognition and have the chance to host some unforgettable exhibitions.

Anyone wanting to join in and cast their vote can do so by visiting gloucestermuseums.co.uk. Voting opens on 19 February at 11am and closes on 5 March at 5pm. The announcement of the winners will follow shortly after.

Those soon to be staying in holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean can still head to the two museums as part of a great day out in Gloucester and see the range of fascinating exhibits going on, and if these two museums are deemed winners of the competition, then an extra special exhibit could soon add a cultural twist to a great holiday in the Forest of Dean.

Image Credit: Image Credit: Mark Holland (commons.wikimedia.org)