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Turner Prize 2011 comes to Gateshead

  • Date: 21 October 2011
  • Area: North
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. Credit: Colin Davidson

The Turner Prize 2011 exhibition opens to the public today at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead in partnership with Tate. This is the first time the Turner Prize has been presented beyond Tate's galleries.

The exhibition features work by the four shortlisted artists: Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw. The winner of the prize will be announced on 5 December 2011. This year's prize, sponsored by Channel 4, is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 4 April 2011. It aims to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.

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.'

The winner will be decided by a jury whose members are: Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild, Glasgow;VasifKortun, Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Nadia Schneider, freelance curator;Godfrey Worsdale, Director, BALTIC and Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain and Chair of the Jury.

A dedicated programme featuring the live announcement of the winner will be broadcast on Channel 4 on 5 December 2011. Additional content will feature on Channel 4 as part of its arts strand, Random Acts, as well as additional programming on More4.

More information on the Turner Prize exhibition