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£60,000 arts funding prize awarded

  • Date: 25 November 2011
  • Area: National
Woman holds a ribbon awarded to her

Artist Cornelia Parker presented the 60,000 pound prize to Christine Mackie and the Nottingham Castle Museum. Credit: PA

A joint proposal by artist Christine Mackie and the Nottingham Castle Museum has been awarded a £60,000 prize by the Arts Council funded Contemporary Art Society.

The decision was announced at an event at the German Gymnasium in London, while the prize was awarded by artist Cornelia Parker.

The Contemporary Art Society's Annual Award for museums 'commission to collect' was launched to support museums to commission new works of art for the public to enjoy.

Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council's portfolio holder for leisure, culture and tourism, was understandably delighted with the win.

He said: 'It's a great acknowledgement of the work of our Museums & Galleries team and also well deserved recognition for the artist Christina Mackie.

'Not only will this give us the opportunity to work with the artist to create a major piece, of national significance, it will also build on the founding mission of the Castle Museum to use our collections to inspire new creativity to provide an enriched experience for our many visitors, for years to come.'

The Comtemporary Art Society will be part of Arts Council's National portfolio from April 2012.