Last Saturday evening the TextielMuseum won a final place in the race for the prestigious award of the European Museum Academy. A jury of experts chose the Tilburg museum from 28 European museums as one of the three finalists because of the innovative and contemporary way in which the museum makes heritage accessible and relevant to today's visitors and creators.
The TextielMuseum has embarked on an ambitious renovation project to maintain and further expand its position as a cultural icon. Together with the municipality of Tilburg, the museum is developing plans to expand, renovate and make the monumental museum building more sustainable, which will also give an impulse to the further development of the surrounding Museumkwartier into the next vibrant city district.
From the EMA jury report
"The TextielMuseum is one of the most dynamic Dutch museums of its kind. It uses cultural heritage to build a strong local community, from the enrichment of a very diverse cultural population. It is a museum of makers, of designers and of experts in the field of craftsmanship, which encourages the public to also get to work and be creative themselves. The museum manages to breathe new life into a universal industry by explicitly focusing on sustainability, climate, equality, creativity, education, craftsmanship, and all of this, moreover, in appealing workshop and museum settings."
Discover what textiles can do
The TextielMuseum is a dynamic meeting place for makers, students, companies, scholars, enthusiasts and families, around the past, present and future of textiles. The museum concept is based on the realization that everyone has something to do with textiles. It is all around us and belongs to all cultures. The TextielMuseum is not a traditional museum. In the beating heart - the TextielLab - artists and designers develop daily the most innovative works of art, design objects or applications for architecture. What is unique is that the public is a witness to this. The museum collection is a source of information and inspiration for both makers and the public. The museum sees it as its responsibility to contribute to an innovative and more sustainable textile industry. The textile industry is namely one of the most polluting industries in the world.
The European Museum Academy's award is Europe's leading prize for innovative museums and exhibitions in the fields of 20th- and 21st-century history, technology, industry and science. The jury of experts focuses on innovative practices in the field of museology and the impact of museums on the local, regional, national and international domain. The award is presented annually. This year it was done during an online award ceremony.
The European Museum Academy is a non-profit foundation concerned with the role of museums in contemporary society and the promotion of innovations in museum philosophy, theory and practice in Europe. The organization emphasizes the role of the modern museum as a meeting place and site of development for scientific debate, creativity, social cohesion and cultural dialogue. Check it out here.