The Tate Britain has today (12 May) announced the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2015. This year, the exhibition will be held at Tramway, Glasgow. It is the first time the Turner Prize has been held in Scotland. The artists are (in alphabetical order): Assemble, Bonnie Camplin, Janice, Kerbel and Nicole Wermers.
Mike Cantlay OBE, Chairman of VisitScotland said:
“We are honoured the Turner Prize – one of the most prestigious visual art awards in Europe – is coming to Scotland for the very first time. Not only will this be an intriguing exhibition of art for visitors from all over the world to experience in Glasgow, but it will also showcase our country as a distinctive hub of creativity as we embark on 2016 – the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
“Major events play a key role in Scotland’s tourism offering and our world-leading approach has put us at the forefront of this global industry. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the shortlisted artists and we look forward to seeing their work exhibited from October at Tramway in Glasgow.”
- The Turner Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the 12 months preceding 17 April 2015.
- It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important awards for the visual arts in Europe. The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.
- Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside the capital. This year that venue will be Tramway in Glasgow.
- Admission to the exhibition of work by the four shortlisted artists will be free and will run from October 2015 until January 2016 with the winning artist being announced at a special ceremony in December 2015.
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Year of Food and Drink 2015
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