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The Berger Prize is
the leading book prize for art history.

THE BERGER PRIZE BEGINS A NEW CHAPTER

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The Walpole Society is delighted to announce an agreement with the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET) to run the leading book prize for art history, the Berger Prize. The Berger Prize celebrates brilliant writing and scholarship about the arts and architecture of the United Kingdom.

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ABOUT THE BERGER PRIZE

The Berger Prize is the leading book prize for art history.

The annual prize of £5000, with five shortlisted winners of £500, celebrates brilliant writing and scholarship about the arts and architecture of the United Kingdom. Awarded since 2002, the prize is offered by The Walpole Society through the generosity and inspiration of the Berger Collection Educational Trust.

CONTACT US

For all enquiries, and to nominate a book, email bergerprize@walpolesociety.org.uk 

NEW IN 2024

In 2024 the Berger Prize will be refreshed with a series of initiatives designed to broaden its reach:

  • The prize's eligibility and rules, with a renewed commitment to governance and transparency, will be updated. Nominations for the 2024 prize close on 28 March.

  • The incumbent prizewinner will deliver a lecture at the Denver Art Museum, home of the Berger Collection. The 2024 lecture by Tim Clayton is on 7 May.

 

  • A summer event in London will announce the long list. In 2024 this will be on 28 June, when Tim Clayton will talk about his 2023 Berger Prizewinning book, James Gillray: A Revolution in Satire.

  • New from 2024, each shortlisted book will receive a prize of £500. The 2024 shortlist will be announced at a virtual event on 15 September.

  • The first prize of £5000 is the largest sum offered by any art history book prize. The winner of the 2024 Berger Prize will be presented on 15 November at a ceremony at London's Reform Club.

  • A new podcast from The Walpole Society, launching in the latter part of 2024, will showcase brilliant writing and scholarship about the arts and architecture of the United Kingdom, with a focus on Berger Prize shortlisted authors.

 

  • Walpole Society trustee, Dr Jonny Yarker, succeeds Robin Simon as chair of judges. Joining the panel in 2024 are Clare Hornsby, Chairwoman of The Walpole Society, and Angelica Daneo, Chief Curator at the Denver Art Museum.

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Thomas Jones (1742-1803)

View on the River Wye, circa 1776 [detail]

Oil on board, 45.7 x 60.1 cm

Denver Art Museum (2019.14), gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

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