Margate’s Turner Contemporary to host Turner Prize 2019

Margate’s Turner Contemporary to host Turner Prize 2019

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Turner Contemporary in Margate will host the Turner Prize 2019.

One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. In 2019 it will be presented at Turner Contemporary which, since opening in 2011, has had a catalytic effect on social and cultural regeneration in Kent, and has established an international reputation.

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. It seems even more fitting to host the prize here in Margate on the site where JMW Turner was so inspired. We look forward to working with our existing and new stakeholders and colleagues at Tate on this exciting initiative.’

Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain and Chair of the Turner Prize jury said ‘Turner Contemporary is an exceptional venue with ambitious exhibition and public engagement programmes. It has helped revitalize south east Kent, and the area is also now home to an exciting artist-led scene. 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.’

Key things to know:

THE TURNER PRIZE IS IN ITS THIRTIES

The prize was first awarded in 1984. It was founded by a group called the Patrons of New Art under the directorship of Alan Bowness. They formed to encourage wider interest in contemporary art and assist Tate in acquiring new works. They felt that Britain should have its own award for visual arts, an equivalent to the Booker Prize.

IT’S GIVEN TO ‘A BRITISH ARTIST’

The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist. ‘British’ can mean an artist working primarily in Britain or an artist born in Britain working globally.

The prize focuses on their recent developments in British art rather than a lifetime’s achievement.

THERE IS AN INDEPENDENT PANEL OF JUDGES EACH YEAR

Tate selects a new panel every year. The panel includes gallery directors, curators, critics and writers. At least one member is from abroad. This balances those who focus on British art or who work in Britain with those who see British art in a broader context.

The jury isn’t paid but get a small amount to cover expenses.

The 2018 jury are:

  • Oliver Basciano, art critic and International Editor at ArtReview
  • Elena Filipovic, Director, Kunsthalle Basel
  • Lisa Le Feuvre, Executive Director of Holt-Smithson Foundation
  • Tom McCarthy, novelist and writer

The jury is chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain.

ITS NAME COMES FROM J.M.W. TURNER

The nineteenth-century artist J.M.W. Turner was a figure who had been innovative and controversial in his own day. One critic commented that his work Schloss Rosenau was ‘the product of a diseased eye and a reckless hand.’ Today he is considered to be one of the greatest British artists. Turner had wanted to establish a prize for young artists himself.

THE PUBLIC CAN NOMINATE AN ARTIST

In April every year, the public can submit an artist nomination on the Tate website. The jury selects the shortlist from their own nominations and those of the public.

THE PRIZE HAS NO AGE LIMIT

But this wasn’t always the case. In 1991–2016 the prize had an age limit of 50. This played an important role in introducing the work of emerging artists. The lift of the age restriction recognises that artists can experience a breakthrough in their work at any age.

THE AWARD IS £40,000

£25,000 goes to the winner and £5,000 each goes to the other shortlisted artists.

THE JURY DECIDES THE WINNER ON THE DAY OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT

The decision is made through a series of discussions until they arrive at a consensus. This year’s Turner Prize will be broadcast live on the BBC on 4 December

2018.

A CELEBRITY PRESENTS THE PRIZE

Previous presenters have included Richard Attenborough, Paul Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Mario Testino and Madonna.

For more information head to the Turner Contemporary website.

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