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Arts centre on 100k prize list

Ruthin Craft Centre
The centre recently underwent a 4.5m extension and upgrade

A craft centre has been shortlisted for the art world's biggest single cash prize of £100,000.

Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire, is one of just four UK venues with a chance of winning the Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries 2009.

Judges visited last month and were impressed with the "energy and enthusiasm of its small team".

The centre's director, Philip Hughes, said staff were "all very excited" ahead of the final on June 18.

He added: "To be on the short-list of four is absolutely amazing news - we are all very excited and know that Ruthin Craft Centre's visitors, exhibitors, partners and funders will all be delighted at this announcement.

"Winning the prize would enable the centre to work closely with the town through many different applied arts projects in the community.

"In addition the prize would also facilitate access to more money through match funding, and this in turn would allow us to realise some long-held ambitions."

Public vote

Also competing for the cash prize is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham and the Wedgwood Museum in Stoke-on-Trent.

Members of the public can also take part in an online vote for their favourite centre.

The winner of the People's Choice will count as one vote when the panel of seven judges make their decision.

David Puttnam, chair of the judges, said: "We are thrilled with the geographic and cultural diversity of what has emerged on the short list, with finalists around Great Britain and with museums and galleries both large and small.

"We will continue to enjoy the process of judging the prize and the difficult task of choosing a winner".

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