The Apollo Awards celebrate excellence in the art and museum worlds. They have been running in print since 1992, recognising achievements in the following categories: Personality of the Year, Museum Opening of the Year, Exhibition of the Year, Acquisition of the Year and Book of the Year. 2014 saw the creation of two new awards: Artist of the Year and Digital Innovation of the Year. Nominations are drawn from a 12-month period from late October 2014, and the resulting longlists are judged by the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Panel and staff, as well as regular contributors to the magazine. Since 2013, the awards have been celebrated with a dinner and ceremony in central London.

The Apollo Award Winners 2015

Announcing Apollo’s Personality, Artist, Museum Opening, Exhibition, Book, Digital Innovation, and Acquisition of the Year

Apollo Awards: Personality of the Year: Maria Balshaw

Personality of the Year

Maria Balshaw, the director of the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester City Galleries, has been a driving force behind the city’s cultural renaissance

Apollo Awards: Artist of the Year: William Kentridge

Artist of the Year

South African William Kentridge has a remarkable range and is one of the most important artists working today

Acquisition of the Year

The four bronze angels commissioned for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey are reunited at last at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Apollo Awards: Exhibition of the Year: Silent Partners, Fitzwilliam Museum

Exhibition of the Year

‘Silent Partners’ at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge was a revelatory show about the role of the mannequin in art history

Apollo Awards: Digital Innovation of the Year: Million Image Database

Digital Innovation of the Year

The Million Image Database is documenting threatened cultural heritage sites all around the world, through the efforts of volunteers

Apollo Awards: Book of the Year: Carrying Off the Palaces

Book of the Year

‘Carrying Off the Palaces’ is one of the most important works on John Ruskin in recent decades and a major contribution to the history of photography

Apollo Awards: Museum Opening of the Year: The Whitney Museum

Museum Opening of the Year

The Whitney Museum’s widely acclaimed move downtown means that American art now has the home it deserves

Apollo Awards 2015: Acquisitions of the Year Shortlist

The most significant artworks and artefacts to enter museum collections in the last 12 months

Apollo Awards 2015: Digital Innovation of the Year Shortlist

Five organisations harnessing digital technology to advance access to, or knowledge of art