October 2013 sees the first ever presentation outside England of the Turner Prize, the UK’s most prestigious art prize. The exhibition is organised by Derry/Londonderry, the first UK City of Culture, in partnership with Tate.
The exhibition will be staged at Ebrington, in a newly converted building on the site of a former military barracks, and will run from 23 October 2013 – 5 January 2014. The winner of the Turner Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony at Ebrington on Monday 2 December 2013 and will be broadcast to the public on Channel 4.
The design for the gallery space where Turner Prize 2013 will be presented was carried out by CPD in close consultation with Ilex Urban Regeneration Company, John McAslan and Partners in an advisory role and Ostick and Williams as the design and build architects. The gallery in the former dormitory buildings of the disused Ebrington Barracks overlooks the Peace Bridge that links the city across the River Foyle. The development includes four gallery spaces of approximately 100 sq metres each, an area to be used for screening films about the artists, and a café on the first floor with views over the River Foyle. Following its initial use to host Turner Prize 2013, the space will be the focus of a new creative hub for Derry-Londonderry, supporting the development of creative industries in the city.
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Culture Company 2013, organisers of Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013, said: “We are proud to be presenting the Turner Prize as one of the highlights of our programme, reflecting the powerful cultural relationships that have been built around this vital year. 2013 will be the first time that the Turner Prize has been located outside of England, the shortlist of artists is wonderful, and the location itself, a former British military barracks in Northern Ireland, now transformed into a world class exhibition and concert space, the landscape is set for a unique experience of Turner Prize Derry~Londonderry 2013. Our thanks go to all the artists and to Tate for making this possible. We look forward to welcoming everyone to come and enjoy the exhibition in the splendid setting of Ebrington, confirming our reputation as a place where creativity flourishes.”
Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 is a year-long cultural feast of music, dance, theatre, art and much more on the banks of the River Foyle.
The UK City of Culture initiative was announced by the UK Government in 2009, building on Liverpool’s success as European Capital of Culture in 2008, inviting cities to compete for the first UK City of Culture title in 2013. Derry/Londonderry is the winner of the title for 2013. The shortlisted cities for UK City of Culture 2017 are Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay.
Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 is funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure of the Northern Ireland Executive, with core funding from Derry City Council, and capital infrastructure delivered by Ilex, Urban Regeneration Company. The cultural programme is also funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of England, the British Council and others.
The exhibition will feature work by the four nominated artists (in alphabetical order):
Nominated for her new work Wantee commissioned with Grizedale Arts for inclusion in the exhibition Schwitters in Britain at Tate Britain and for her two-part installation for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, resulting from a residency in Italy and presented in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. Her unique approach to filmmaking, often situated within atmospheric installations, employs strong story telling, quick cuts, montage and deliberate misuse of language to create surprising and unpredictable work.
Nominated for his pioneering projects This Variation at documenta (XIII) and These Associations at Tate Modern. Both structured and improvised, Seghal’s intimate works consist purely of live encounters between people and demonstrate a keen sensitivity to their institutional context. Through participatory means, they test the limits of artistic material and audience perception in a new and significant way.
Nominated for his solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery David Shrigley: Brain Activity which offered a comprehensive overview and new perspectives on his work. Including not only his well-loved drawings but also photography, sculpture and film, the exhibition revealed his black humour, macabre intelligence and infinite jest.
Nominated for her exhibition Extracts and Verses at Chisenhale Gallery. Yiadom-Boakye’s intriguing paintings appear traditional but are in fact much more innovative. Her portraits of imaginary people use invented pre-histories and raise pertinent questions about how we read pictures in general, particularly with regard to black subjects.
Turner Prize 2013
23 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
Ebrington, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Open daily. Admission free.