The Turner prize, worth £25,000, with £5,000 going to each of the other three shortlisted artists is arguably the world’s most recognised and prestigious award for contemporary art, It presents the very best of current British art. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 4 April 2011. For the first time ever, the exhibition will this year be held outside of a Tate venue. The Baltic, a well received venue has had more than 3.5 million visitors since opening nine years ago.
KARLA BLACK who has an innovative approach to sculpture and makes substantial works made in otherwise temporary spaces and materials.
MARTIN BOYCE who holds the viewer with atmospheric sculptural installations, combining references to design history and text, marked by a subtle attention to detail.
HILARY LLOYD who combines still and moving images, sound and the three dimensional forms of AV playback equipment to portray the urban environment.
GEORGE SHAW whose paintings, with their deeply personal juxtaposition of subject matter and material, lie intriguingly on the edge of tradition.
In 2007 the Prize was staged at Tate Liverpool as a curtain-raiser to Liverpool being European Capital of Culture in 2008. Following its success there, it has been decided that the Prize will be presented at Tate Britain and at a gallery outside London in alternate years. The first non-Tate venue outside the capital is set for the BALTIC in Gateshead.
The Turner Prize is awarded each year to a UK artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding. The Prize fund of £40,000 is divided between the shortlisted artists with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 to each of the other three artists. Previous winners include Tomma Abts, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread and Richard Wright.
The jury for the 2011 prize has also been revealed and lacks the usual presence of a critic. Chaired by Penelope Curtis, Director Tate Britain others include, Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild, Glasgow; Vasif Kortun, Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Nadia Schneider, Director, Kunsthaus Glarus; and Godfrey Worsdale, Director, BALTIC.
21 October 2011 – 8 January 2012 Baltic Gateshead Read More