One of Europe’s most important and prestigious contemporary visual art awards is coming to Scotland for the first time. The Turner Prize 2015 will be held at Glasgow’s Tramway. An exhibition of work by the four shortlisted artists will be free and will run from 1 October, 2015 until 17 January, 2016. The winner of the prize will be announced on 7 December, 2015.
The Turner Prize is award to a British artist, under the age of 50, for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the 12 months preceding 17 April 2015. Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside the capital. The four shortlisted artists will be announced on 14 May.
Dr Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain, said: “Given how many artists from Glasgow have made up the Turner Prize shortlists over recent years, it is great to have the Prize on show in Tramway, which feels like its natural home.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse and we’re delighted that Tramway has been chosen as the first Scottish location to host the Turner Prize. For decades, Glasgow has helped to nurture outstanding talent, as demonstrated by the number of nominees and winners of the Turner Prize.”
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “It’s extremely exciting that the globally renowned Turner Prize is coming to Scotland for the first time and specifically to Glasgow with its global reputation for arts, culture and hosting major international events.
“The Scottish Government is working hard to ensure that everyone in Scotland has a chance to access, enjoy and take part in the arts, and I welcome this opportunity to encourage members of the public to get involved and nominate their favourite pieces from the last year. I looking forward to seeing the Turner Prize shortlist in May and the exhibition in October.”
Turner Prize 2015 is a partnership between Tate, Glasgow Life, Creative Scotland, EventScotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Glasgow City Council.
Turner Prize 2015 will also be complimented by an extensive programme of workshops, talks, tours and activities for people of all aged to get involved and be inspired by the creative work on show.
The members of the Turner Prize 2015 jury are:
Mr Alistair Hudson, Director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Jan Verwoert, Critic and Curator
Ms Joanna Mytlowska, Director, Museum Sztuki Nowoczesnej
Ms Kyla McDonald, Head of Programme, Glasgow Scultpure Studios
The jury is chaired by Dr Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain