Turner Prize heads to Scotland for the first time
The Tramway in Glasgow will host the exhibition and awards in 2015
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Friday 11 January 2013
The Turner Prize is heading to Glasgow, dubbed a “centre of excellence” for visual art, the first time the award will be presented in Scotland.
The Tramway was chosen to host the exhibition and awards ceremony in 2015, beating three rival venues to the honour.
It beat competition from the Nottingham Contemporary, the New Art Gallery in Walsall and Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery.
Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate, said Glasgow and Scotland has gained international recognition as a centre of excellence of visual arts during the past two decades.
He continued: “For many years, artists who are from Scotland or who have trained at the Glasgow School of Art, one of the world's leading art schools, have been nominated for, or won, the award.”
The Tramway is a contemporary arts centre housed within Glasgow’s former tram depot, and was established in the build-up to the city gaining European Capital of Culture status in 1990.
Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said the Tramway had been described as an “industrial cathedral that connects art with humanity” adding it promotes “the most innovative work by Scottish and international artists”.
The UK’s premier contemporary art prize, which was first awarded in 1984, was presented in London until it was shown at Tate Liverpool in 2007.
Since it was presented at the Baltic in Gateshead in 2011, the prize will be held outside of London on alternate years.
This year, the prize will be presented in Derry-Londonderry, the first holder of the title as UK City of Culture, this year.
The Tramway was selected by a panel that comprised Sir Nicholas, artist Tomma Abts, Laurence Sillars, the chief curator of the Baltic, as well as Caroline Collier and Judith Nesbitt from the Tate.
Arts & Ents blogs
Under The Skin, film review: Scarlett Johansson is full-blooded as aloof alien
Keeley Hawes to star in Doctor Who alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
Boy George: Bad karma
Disney's Frozen is 'very evil' gay propaganda, says Christian pastor
Batman vs Superman costumes: Crotch must be 'appealing but non-confrontational', says designer
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success
- 1 Arrest made after man is found by the side of the road with his penis cut off
- 2 Carnage after car hits cyclists in Brazil
- 3 Tim Berners-Lee on creating the web: 'I never expected all these cats'
- 4 Malaysia flight MH370: Pitbull song lyrics bear uncanny resemblance to missing plane mystery, according to YouTubers
- 5 First Kiss viral video was just a clothing advert starring actors