PROMOTING THE ROLE OF MUSEUMS FOR EUROPEAN SOCIETY

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

DISCOVER THE EMYA 2020 AND 2021 WINNERS AND NOMINEES

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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.

Dhikshana Turakhia Pering, EMYA Judge

I am extremely proud to have been asked to join the EMYA judging panel, and to work alongside such brilliant peers. In a time when representation and inclusion has never been more important I know connecting with colleagues and museums across Europe, will enable me to see the brilliant ways organisations are run as much as how they produce their content and engage their communities. I also look forward to meeting the people that make their museums what they are. Finally, I know the experience of being a judge will make me a better museum professional in the years to come.

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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