Illustrious Art Prize Hoping Region Won’t Turner Blind Eye
By Adam Clery on October 21, 2011 in Art & Design
I’m here all week. The Turner Prize, on the other hand, is here for considerably longer.
That’s right, for the first time ever, the jewel in the crown of British visual arts calendar has broke the shackles of Tate galleries and found a home on the third floor of Gateshead’s Centre For Contemporary Art BALTIC.
With such illustrious past-winners as Grayson Perry, Anthony Gormley and the other Steve McQueen, this is only the second time in the award’s 26 year history that it’s been hosted outside of London. In your face Joey Barton.
With free admission to the public, and an eye-watering £40,000 up for grabs, the works of Glaswegian sculptor Karla Black, modernist Martin Boyce, former Newcastle Polytechnic student Hilary Lloyd and, perhaps most well known amongst BALTIC goers, painter George Shaw will be up for consideration by the harshest critics of all, Northerners with a free afternoon.
Naturally, we’ve not been this excited about art since our “deeply troubling” GCSE coursework was remarked to a C, so we got ourselves down to see what all the fuss was about and spoke to Chief Curator Laurence Sillars and Curator of Exhibitions and Research Alessandro Vincentelli. They, quite wisely, wouldn’t be drawn on who’s going to win.
We’ll have a review for you sometime next week, but don’t worry, I won’t be writing it. If it was up to me they’d all be winners! Etc.
All four exhibitions are open now and will run until January 8th. The winner will be announced live on Channel 4 on December the 5th. BALTIC can be found on South Shore Road, just across the Millenium Bridge. But you knew that anyway.
- Jim Shaw In Conversation @ BALTIC