The Glucksman receives EMA Art Museum Award 2022
12 Sep 2022
The ceremony, which took place at MUDAM-Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, saw representatives from The Glucksman receive this annual award (now in its second year) dedicated to honouring and highlighting museum projects that work with art in an innovative, pioneering and creative way in order to address or respond to current social issues that are a major challenge to our contemporary society. The Art Museum Award is meant to identify new role models of excellence that could function as inspiring paragons of the social role of museums, and seeks to enhance core values like dialogue, accessibility, participation, inclusion, openness and awareness.
The Glucksman is located in the grounds of the University College Cork and provides an important link for the university with the wider public as a place of creative connections between people and disciplines. The collection is based on modern and contemporary Irish art. The museum places sustainability and inclusion at the centre of their policy and activities, which is also reflected by the award-winning building designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey architects, and have developed digital programmes and carried out large-scale projects both in the gallery and offsite. These projects have enabled participants from marginalized and rural communities such as travellers, refugees, LGBTQ+ and families experiencing homelessness to find a way to express and visualize their thoughts and opinions on important societal issues through creative agency.On announcing this prestigious award, judges said:
"Excellence in curatorial practice, collections care and audience engagement constitute the core values of the Glucksman. The staff has realized impressive results with their projects, which serve as an inspiration for museums all over the world. The museum brings communities and artists together, to explore, visualise and express their thoughts and opinions on important societal issues. The Glucksman prioritises its role as a civic institution that enables creative agency among diverse communities and is therefore well-deserving of the Art Museum Award".
A special commendation was awarded to the MUDAM-Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, the judges praising MUDAM’s impressive commitment to their social responsibility and the museum’s demonstration of innovation and empathy in some of their latest public engagement activities.
Also announced at the Awards ceremony, were the recipients of the Luigi Micheletti Award and DASA Award, awarded to the Woodcarving Museum in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Hans Christian Andersen House in Odense, Denmark, respectively.
The Art Museum Award is generously supported by and co-organised with the A.G. Leventis Foundation.