The Turner Prize 2015 launches in Glasgow tomorrow and Artlyst will be there to report first hand on the upside and downside of this most talked about exhibition and prize. Glasgow is the capital for visual art in Scotland with a ready pool of talent exiting from the Glasgow School of Art each year. The Turner Prize has had its fair share of Scottish born winners and this will now be honoured with the mountain coming to Muhammad.
This years exhibition features work by the four finalists, the Architecture based Collective, Assemble, Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers. Past Scottish nomenees and winners include: Christine Borland Brody Condon (Turner Prize nominee 1997), Ian Hamilton Finlay (Turner Prize Nominee 1985), Douglas Gordon (Turner Prize winner 1996), Callum Innes (Turner Prize nominee 1995), Jim Lambie (Turner Prize nominee 2005), Lucy Skaer (Turner Prize nominee 2009), Ciara Phillips (Turner Prize nominee 2014), David Shrigley (Turner Prize nominee 2013) and Susan Philipsz OBE who won the 2010 Turner Prize and Martin Boyce (Turner Prize winner 2011)
Sarah Munro, Director of Tramway said: “With the Turner Prize in Scotland for the first time, we have a fantastic opportunity to share the diversity, the inspiration and the excitement of contemporary visual art to people throughout Glasgow and across the country”.
For projects including the ongoing collaboration with local residents and others in the Granby Four Streets, Liverpool. Assemble are a London-based collective who work across the fields of art, design and architecture to create projects in tandem with the communities who use and inhabit them. Their architectural spaces and environments promote direct action and embrace a DIY sensibility.
For The Military Industrial Complex, South London Gallery. Bonnie Camplin’s practice, which she broadly describes as ‘the Invented Life,’ is characterised by the critique of existing power-structures, and spans the disciplines of drawing, film, performance, music and writing. The Military Industrial Complex took the form of a study room exploring what ‘consensus reality’ is and how it is formed, drawing from physics to philosophy, psychology, witchcraft, quantum theory and warfare.
For her operatic work DOUG, commissioned by The Common Guild at Mitchell Library, Glasgow. Kerbel borrows from conventional modes of narrative in order to create elaborate imagined forms. Her precisely crafted works often take the form of audio recordings, performance and printed matter. DOUG is a performative work which takes the form of nine songs for six voices.
For her exhibition Infrastruckur, Herald Street, London. Nicole Wermers creates sculptures, collages and installations which explore the appropriation of art and design within consumer culture. Her installation Infrastruktur adopted the glossy aesthetics and materials of modernist design and high fashion, alluding to themes of lifestyle, class, consumption and control.
The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of work in the twelve 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 and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe. Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside the capital. The exhibition is accompanied by an exciting programme of activities exploring the work of the shortlisted artists.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 1 October to 17 January at Tramway, a former tram maintenance depot on the South Side of the Clyde (tramway.org). On 7 December, the Turner award ceremony will be held at the gallery.