As part of our campaign to be crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year, we designed a special flag to be ‘flown’ at locations across Scotland. So far the flag has been flown at Glasgow City Chambers by Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander and Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of the Council; and by residents of Orkney and visitors to the famous Orkney Library. It will be making its way across Scotland before the announcement of the winner at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 5th July.
Though organisations such as Jupiter Artland and Kelvingrove Museum have been nominated for the award in the past, a Scottish museum has yet to be crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year.
Glasgow Women’s Library is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements and is a Recognised Collection of National Significance. Since the announcement of the shortlist for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 in May this year, GWL has been mobilising its supporters with their #MyMuseum public engagement campaign. Through this campaign, supporters have been recording short films articulating just why GWL is a worthy winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 accolade, and why the museum is a place for all.
The newly designed flag, created by GWL’s Designer in Residence Jyni Ong, is an extension of this campaign. The flag features the slogan ‘Glasgow Women’s Library: It’s for me’ emblazoned within a yellow banner on a pink background. It’s an eye-catching design that the organisation hopes will reinforce that GWL, which works across Scotland and welcomes all, is for everyone.
If you’d like to download the flag to use on Social Media, you can do so by saving the image below and adding it as a banner image.
Glasgow Women’s Library appears on the shortlist alongside Brooklands Museum, Ferens Art Gallery, The Postal Museum, and Tate St Ives.