PROMOTING THE ROLE OF MUSEUMS FOR EUROPEAN SOCIETY

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The EMYA2022 Annual Conference and Award Ceremony will be held in Tartu, Estonia from 4 to 7 May 2022.

 

Organised by the European Museum Forum and hosted by the Estonian National Museum, Tartu, we hope the event will take place in a traditional EMYA format with a physical, rich and intense annual conference and award ceremony.

 

Stay tuned and visit the EMYA2022 page of our website for further updates and announcements on the program and registration!

NANO NAGPLE PLACE - THE 2022 WINNER OF THE CoE MUSEUM PRIZE

The 2022 Council of Europe Museum Prize was awarded to the Nano Nagle Place. The Museum was selected by the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting today, 3 December 2021.  


The winners in other EMYA categories will be announced on the last day of the EMYA2022 Annual Conference and Award Ceremony that will take place at the Estonian National Museum, Tartu, from 4 to 7 May 2022.

EMYA2022 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

The application process for EMYA2022 is now closed! The nominees will be announced following the judges' visits to the candidate museums and the final evaluations by the EMYA Jury that will take place towards the end of the year.

 

The EMF/EMYA thanks all applicants for the interest they showed in the award scheme. We look forward to getting to know better the EMYA2022 candidates during the following months and to welcoming new museums next year within the framework of EMYA2023.

DISCOVER THE EMYA 2020 AND 2021 WINNERS AND NOMINEES

WATCH LIVE! EMYA 2020 AND 2021 CEREMONY

Organised by the European Museum Forum and hosted by the Yeltsin Center, Russia, the European Museum of the Year Awards 2020 and 2021 Ceremony took place as a public, online event with all the 88 nominated museums – a pale substitute for our traditional, rich and intense annual conference and award ceremony. 

 

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THURSDAY, 6 MAY 2021 - 17:00 CET

WATCH THE EMYA BOOK LAUNCH

Did you miss the EMYA Book Launch: Revisiting Museums of Influence? You can watch its recording on our YouTube channel. 

EMYA BOOK LAUNCH: REVISITING MUSEUMS OF INFLUENCE

Revisiting Museums of Influence. Four Decades of Innovation and Public Quality in European Museums. Routledge, 2021. ONLINE EVENT: THURSDAY, 18 MARCH 2021 - 15:00 CET

OUR STORIES

Sharon Heal, EMF Trustee

I am delighted to be a trustee of the EMF with its long tradition of championing the value of museums across Europe. We live in turbulent times and as museums face up to their responsibilities in society I am excited to see how they will respond. Collectively we need to rethink the role and purpose of museums as they work with their communities to recover from Covid-19 and face the challenges of inequality and climate change. Over the past 12 months museums have demonstrated that they can make a positive difference in society even when their doors are closed. I look forward to celebrating their achievements and recognising the life changing work that museums can deliver in the EMYA ceremonies over the coming years.

Amina Krvavac, EMYA Judge

Over the past years, I have had a chance to interact with the EMYA judging panel, to learn about its work and the values it stands for, as well as its detailed evaluation process, but from the perspective of a museum candidate for one of the prizes awarded under the EMYA scheme.

 

In the course of this process, I understood how valuable the existence and work of EMYA is for any European museum, big or small, old or new, as it continuously inspires and motivates the museums to strive for higher quality and excellence in all aspects of their work. Becoming a judge and finding myself on the other side of the process is an incredible honour, one that comes with great responsibility to contribute to this important mission.

 

Joining EMYA judging panel is an incredible opportunity to get to know and work closely with an inspiring and dedicated group of professionals on promoting and advocating for excellence and innovation in the European museum sector. The privilege that comes with being an EMYA judge also lies in visiting and learning about the incredible work of nominated museums. Engaging in meaningful conversations with a very diverse pool of professionals allows for personal and professional growth, resulting in life-enriching experience.

Lora Sarıaslan, National Correspondent, Turkey

As an art historian and curator, I have been on the ‘other side’ of EMYA— managing the application process, being interviewed for the museum in which I worked, leading to a special commendation. Being a national correspondent since 2009 has enabled me to support and guide the remarkable effort of the candidate museums in compiling their applications, an experience that is simultaneously challenging and rewarding.

 

By focusing on the vital public role museums play, EMYA encourages museums to be socially relevant in diverse cultural, political, and historical landscapes, furthermore giving them a global platform for promotion, networking, and exchange of ideas. The multitude of collections, narratives, and experiences embodied by the participating museums present the immense breadth and depth of innovation advocated and practiced by museums in Europe. If history is defined by its attention to change over time, then this award is about history, and by being a national correspondent, you are involved in its making.

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