West Lothian museum up for top prize

A garden packed full of sculptures in West Lothian is in the running to win Britain’s most lucrative art prize.

Jupiter Artland, located in the grounds of a 17th century Jacobean house, will be competing against the Arnolfini, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the York Art Gallery for the title of Museum of the year as well as a cash prize of £100,000.

Jupiter Artland has more than 30 works specially commissioned by private collectors Robert and Nicky Wilson set in the 100 acre woodland at Wilkieston and was unveiled back in 2009.

Nicky and Robert said: “In magical woodland and wide open landscape, we present unique, one-off commissions and world-class contemporary art – offering an extraordinary environment for discovery and enjoyment.

“The next generation is at the heart of everything we do: our education programmes have grown significantly and focus on teaching children simultaneously about the arts, the landscape and nature, helping us to achieve our ambitious goal to reach every child in Scotland.

“We are incredibly grateful to our team for their enthusiasm and commitment. It is so exciting to consider what we could achieve in the coming years.”

The winner will be announced at the Natural History Museum on Wednesday July 6.