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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 May, 2004, 23:41 GMT 00:41 UK
Scots gallery wins museum prize
Landform was designed by architect Charles Jencks
Edinburgh's Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has won the 100,000 Gulbenkian Museum of the Year prize.

Judges chose the gallery for its Landform landscape structure, designed by architect Charles Jencks.

Costing 380,000, the steeped serpentine-shaped water feature took two years to build.

At the London prize ceremony, judges' chairman Loyd Grossman called Landform "an inspirational, beautiful project" at an "already outstanding gallery".

"Landform has the potential to actually change people's ideas about what a museum does and can do," said Grossman.

Other judges for the award - the largest single arts prize in the UK - included broadcaster Joan Bakewell and Mark Bolland, the former deputy private secretary to the Prince of Wales.

Describing his design, American architect Mr Jencks said: "I pictured a contemporary equivalent of Seurat's La Grande Jatte - everything going on at once, amidst sun, water and city life. You could eat lunch, perhaps have a drink, chase kites..."

Three other museums around the UK had been shortlisted for the award: the Museum of Antiquities at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne for its Reticulum project; Pembrokeshire Museums Service for Varda, a travelling exhibition of Romany culture; and Norton Priory Museum and Gardens in Runcorn, Cheshire, for its Positive Partnerships programme.

The Gulbenkian Prize recognises inspiring and innovative initiatives that affect the public perception of museums and galleries.

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