Thursday, 17 May 2012

Birmingham's Barber Institute WINS prestigious national award for excellence

(l-r) Sue Perkins with Ann Sumner, Fiona Walker, Benjamin Goodwin and
Andrew Davies from The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Photo by Chris Sharp
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham has been awarded a prestigious industry award at the 2012 national Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence ceremony.

The Institute’s Court on Canvas exhibition was announced as the winner in the Marketing Campaign category after being shortlisted from hundreds of entrants from across the UK and Europe.

Through a variety of paintings, sketches and sculptures, the exhibition traces the evolution of tennis from its socially orientated beginnings to the intensely athletic and commercial sport it has become today.

The award was presented by comedienne and broadcaster Sue Perkins at a glittering ceremony yesterday (May 16th) at 8 Northumberland in Central London.

Andrew Davis, Marketing Manager at the Institute, said: “We are delighted to win this award and receive the recognition from our peers in the museums and heritage sector. It’s particularly gratifying as we are a very small team and this award is a testament to the way that our staff across the board have worked together to raise the profile in what Sue Perkins described as a highly unusual, creative and fun campaign.

“It is really encouraging to see so many smaller, non London-based museums being recognised which demonstrates the inventiveness that is alive in the museums across the country.”

Now celebrating its tenth year, the annual Awards recognise projects of excellence ranging from groundbreaking achievements of national institutions to those crafted with limited resources and budget or those championing sustainability.

The Awards are judged by a panel of the sector’s leading lights including: Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museums; Bernard Donoghue, Director, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) and other leading sector professionals.

Following the Awards ceremony, Sue Perkins said: “I was delighted to host the Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence again this year. It is wonderful to see that despite the difficult economical climate, our amazing cultural sector remains as diverse and inspiring as ever!”

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