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Art fund prize

Pauline McLean | 21:27 UK time, Friday, 5 June 2009

Is apathy to blame for a poor turn out at the polls?

And no, I don't mean the European elections.

The one Scottish hopeful in the running for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize - Glasgow's Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery - is apparently trailing in the polls.

The prize - for the most original and imaginative museums collection - is decided by a panel of judges (including this year, film-maker Lord Puttnam and Turner prize winner Grayson Perry) but this year, for the first time, the public is also being given a say.

The Wedgewood Museum in Stoke on Trent seems to be the favourite so far, with almost half the vote although both Orleans Gallery in Twickenham and Ruithin Craft Centre in Denbighshire are also doing well.

But Kelvingrove seems to be lagging. Last week, it had a mere 8% of the vote.

This week, there seemed to be some rallying and the figure was up to 10%.

Perhaps the fact the voting is via the Guardian's website is putting some voters off (the Evening Times is a strong supporter of the museum but can hardly be seen to send readers off to another paper!)

Or maybe it's just that its educational scheme is less newsworthy than Wedgewood.

Whatever the reason, supporters of Kelvingrove are anxious to rally support and increase the vote by 11 June when the online poll closes.

The winner will be announced in London a week later.



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