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Thousands view Turner Prize exhibition

  • Date: 10 January 2012
  • Area: North

The 2011 Turner Prize exhibition at the Baltic gallery in Gateshead, which ran 21 October to 8 January, attracted 149,000 visitors - a record since the competition began in 1984.

This was only the second time that the much-celebrated award has been held outside London and it was the first time that it was not held in a Tate gallery.

Martin Boyce, a Glasgow-based sculptor, was announced as the winner in December and awarded £25,000 for his art installation Do Words Have Voices

Baltic Director Godfrey Worsdale said: 'Bringing Turner Prize 2011 to Baltic was always an exciting and intriguing prospect, but my colleagues and I have been overwhelmed by the levels of public interest, not only the sheer numbers of visitors who have queued along the quayside to see the work of the four nominees, but the spirited response those visitors have made to the exhibition and their willingness to throw their support behind what the artists are doing.

'Baltic has built a strong relationship with its visitors over the years through a meaningful dialogue around contemporary art, but to share that debate with over 149,000 people has been fantastic.'