Fearless Foxes exhibition shortlisted for award

Published on 16 March 2017

THE EXHIBITION created by the city council to commemorate Leicester City’s Premier League title success last year has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Fearless Foxes: Leicester City and the Impossible Dream – which ran from June until October 2016 – is in the running for ‘Temporary Exhibition of the Year’ at the annual Museum & Heritage Awards.

Staff from Leicester’s museums service will find out in May, if the exhibition has won the coveted prize.

Assistant city mayor for culture Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “I am very proud that Fearless Foxes has been nominated for this prestigious award.

“It is welcome recognition of the success of the exhibition – and of the hard work that went in to designing and producing it.

“Our museum staff had very little time to turn images, film and memorabilia into something very special to celebrate an amazing moment in the city’s history – but they managed it.“

Fearless Foxes attracted 104,000 visitors in its five-month run, making it one of most popular temporary exhibitions ever held at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery.

Collections, interpretation & learning manager Matthew Constantine said: “As well as proving popular with the public, Fearless Foxes attracted a lot of interest within the museums and heritage profession, particularly around the idea of creating exhibitions around current events and sport.

“We’re delighted to be shortlisted in this prestigious awards scheme, which is the equivalent of the Oscars for the UK’s museums.”

Fearless Foxes was curated and designed by the city museums service with generous support from BBC Leicester, the Leicester Mercury and Leicester City Football Club.

The shortlist for the ‘Temporary or Touring Exhibition of the Year’ is as follows:

  • Royal Museums Greenwich, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution
  • Leicester City Arts & Museums Service (Leicester City Council), Fearless Foxes: Leicester City FC and the Impossible Dream
  • Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, Fashion Cities Africa
  • The Novium, Chichester District Council, Tim Peake: An Extraordinary Journey
  • National Memorial Arboretum, Somme En Masse: Mass Installation

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 17 May.

More information about the Museum & Heritage Awards is available at awards.museumsandheritage.com