It has been confirmed that Margate’s Turner Contemporary will host the Turner Prize in 2019.
One of the best known awards for visual art in the world, the Turner Prize celebrates the new developments in British art. Every other year the prize leaves its London base at Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside the capital.
Talking about the news of the 2019 venue, Victoria Pomery OBE, Director of Turner Contemporary said: “We are thrilled to host the Turner Prize here at Turner Contemporary in 2019. This is a truly transformative opportunity for Margate to be part of something which invites conversations on an international scale, connecting our audiences to outstanding contemporary art and inspiring future generations of creative talent.”
Meanwhile, Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain and Chair of the Turner Prize jury said ‘The gallery’s associations with Turner have particular resonance, as Turner was an innovator in his day, and we are delighted that the prize will be presented in Kent. We are looking forward to working with colleagues in Margate.’
The Turner Prize was created in 1984 and is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the previous twelve months. The winner is awarded £25,000, while the other shortlisted artists are awarded £5,000 each.
In previous years, the prize has been shown in Liverpool in 2007, Gateshead in 2011, Derry in 2013 and Glasgow in 2015. Turner Prize 2017 will be at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the 2017 UK City of Culture celebrations from 26 September 2017 to 7 January 2018.
The shortlisted artists for this year’s prize includes: Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi. The winner will be announced on 5 December 2017 at an award ceremony live on the BBC.