The Prize is sponsored by the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art. They provide money to museums and galleries to buy and show art, and offer many ways of enjoying it through their membership scheme and events. They are independent of government and funded by their 80,000 members.
Four of the 10 in the long-list will go through to the next round, announced on 19 May. The winner will be revealed at a ceremony at Tate Britain on 15 June. Michael Portillo is chairing the independent panel of judges.
The public can now vote for their favourite long-listed institution here: http://www.artfundprize.org.uk/ Please do vote for your museum