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The Turner Prize heads to the BALTIC in 2011

  • Date: 16 September 2010
  • Area: North
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Credit: Colin Davison

Tate and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead are delighted to announce that The Turner Prize will be presented at BALTIC in 2011. It will be the first non-Tate venue outside the capital to host the prize.

The Turner Prize is awarded each year to a British artist under the age of 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the 12 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 four shortlisted artists will be announced in April 2011. The exhibition will run at BALTIC from Friday 21 October 2011 until Sunday 8 January 2012 and the winning artist will be announced at a celebratory event at BALTIC in December 2011.

Godfrey Worsdale Director of BALTIC commented: 'In its short history, BALTIC has become recognised as a gallery where the ideas around new art can be interrogated, debated and engaged with at many levels, and its audiences continue to animate and increasingly inform that dialogue. If there is any exhibition of contemporary art in the UK today that embodies that interaction, it must surely be the Turner Prize; nothing is more able to project contemporary art into the public arena. That BALTIC is to provide the first home for the Prize outside of Tate affords an excellent opportunity for the gallery to widen and deepen this debate with its visitors. Importantly, the collaboration also demonstrates Tate's sincere commitment to fulfill its national role as well as strengthening the partnership between our two institutions.'

Established in 1984 to draw greater public attention to contemporary art, The Turner Prize has played a significant role in provoking debate about visual art and has inspired growing public interest in contemporary British art in particular. It has become widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.

Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator added: 'It is tremendously exciting that BALTIC will host what is undeniably one of the most important and recognised prizes for contemporary art in the world. The exhibition will bring the work of four leading artists that represent the very best of contemporary British art to Gateshead. We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to BALTIC to see this extraordinary exhibition and to participate in the exhilarating debate that never fails to accompany the Prize.'

Alison Clark-Jenkins, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: 'BALTIC is one of the most ambitious visual arts organisations the Arts Council supports and we are delighted that people in the north east will have the opportunity to see the exciting new British art which The Turner Prize represents. Attracting The Turner Prize to the region will have knock on economic benefits attracting visitors to the north east and further demonstrating that BALTIC is a world class arts venue operating on an international stage.'