CULTURE NEWS : Shortlist announced for the Inaugural ‘ Leading Culture Destination Awards’

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Paris or Berlin? The Tate or the Louvre? Creative movers and shakers pick their favourite cultural institutions around the world.
Leading Culture Destinations has just announced the shortlists for its inaugural annual awards, the first and only international awards to celebrate the best non-for-profit visual arts institutions around the world.

To be held this Friday October 9th at Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London, The Leading Culture Destinations Awards aim to reflect the changing landscape of cultural institutions. A revolution within arts and cultural institutions has seen them become not only places to see exhibitions, but also places to learn, socialize, shop and, sometimes, even sleep. They are social hubs, retail destinations and points of architectural pilgrimage, often responsible for the economic transformation of entire cities.

The awards draw on the Leading Culture Destinations guide, which brings together the recommendations of tastemakers and those in the know with a sophisticated algorithm to rank the world’s best in arts and culture destinations.

Six awards reflect organisations’ ranking on the website over a year, with a focus on their offerings in specific categories. These rankings are based on the recommendations of LCD ambassadors, all leaders or innovators, from the creative industries including Matthew Clark, co-founder of United Visual Artists, curator Jerome Sans, jewellery designer Anabela Chan and former Royal Academy Exhibitions Director Kathleen Soriano. Special awards for Best City for Culture, Best New Culture Destination and Best Art Experience in a Hotel are selected by a jury consisting of key members of the creative and culture industries and representatives from Leading Culture Destinations.

AWARDS JURY:
Arthur Duncan – Art and Travel Consultant
Bjarke Ingles – Architect, Founder of BIG
Geoffery Lipman – President, International Council of Tourism Partners Helen Sumpter – Senior Editor / Web Editor of ArtReview
Jaime Perlman – Creative Director of Vogue UK
Jerome Sans – Independent Curator and Art Consultant
Kathleen Soriano – Art Critic, Curator, Ex-Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy
Leili Huth – Collector, Philanthropist, Member and Ex-Chair of the Outset Production Fund, Co-Founder of Real Nois
Matthew Clark – Co-founder of United Visual Artists
Natalie Von Bismarck – Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Philippe Kjellgren – CEO and Co-founder of Hotel Insider

The shortlists are:
Leading Culture Destination 2014
Centre Pompidou – Paris, Museum of Modern Art – New York, Palais de Tokyo – Paris, Tate Modern – London, Victoria & Albert Museum – London.

Leading Culture Destination for Exhibitions & Programming
Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, Museum of Modern Art – New York, New Museum – New York, Palais de Tokyo – Paris, Tate Modern – London.

Leading Culture Destination for Architecture & Spatial Design
Centre Pompidou – Paris, Museo Jumex – Mexico City Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York Tate Modern – London

Leading Culture Destination for Eating & Drinking
Centre Pompidou – Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, Museum of Modern Art – New York, Palais de Tokyo – Paris, Tate Modern – London.

Leading Culture Destination for Shop
Design Museum – London, Museum of Modern Art – New York, Palais de Tokyo – Paris, Tate Modern – London, Victoria & Albert Museum – London

Leading Culture Destination for Digital Experience
Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, Museum of Modern Art – New York, Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York, Tate Modern – London.

Best City for Culture (Jury award)
Berlin, Istanbul, London, New York, Paris.

Best New Culture Destination (Jury award)
Astrup Fearnley Museet – Oslo, Museo Jumex – Mexico City, Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Mediterranée – Marseille, Perez Museum – Miami, The Yuz Foundation – Shanghai.

Best Art Experience in a Hotel – in partnership with Hotel Insider (Jury award) 21c Museum Hotel – Louisville, Benesse Art Site – Naoshima, Le Royal Monceau Raffles – Paris, Marqués de Riscal – Álava, Rome Cavalieri – Rome.

ABOUT LEADING CULTURE DESTINATIONS:
Leading Culture Destinations was set up by a team of cultural enthusiasts and global explorers, dedicated to sharing our passions and experiences – and to promoting the places we love. We are not bystanders. We are… ART LOVERS – CULTURAL NOMADS – FOOD FANATICS – PEOPLE CONNECTORS. We are active in the creative community and hell-bent on giving back to those institutions that have inspired and informed us, by creating a platform that will helps drive visitors to them – connecting a global audience with the art culture and around us all.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper' AofC - Issue 1 Autumn 2018

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