Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon to Present Turner Prize 2015 Award

Turner Prize 2015

The Artist, musician and songwriter Kim Gordon will present the award for Turner Prize 2015. Musician, artist, and writer Kim Gordon is a founding member of the band Sonic Youth and a current member, with Bill Nace, of the guitar duo Body/Head. She is the author of Is It My Body? Selected Texts (Sternberg Press, 2014), and her memoir Girl in a Band was released this past February by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. This year, her artwork was the subject of solo exhibitions at the Benaki Museum in Athens and 303 Gallery in New York. 

The winner of the Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony at Tramway, Glasgow, on Monday 7 December 2015 which will be broadcast live to the public on Channel 4 from 7.30pm. The Turner Prize 2015 exhibition runs until 17 January 2016 and features work by the four nominated artists (in alphabetical order): Assemble; Bonnie Camplin; Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers.

The Turner Prize is presented annually to a British artist under fifty years old who has exhibited outstanding work in the UK the previous year. This is the first time the UK’s most prestigious arts prize has been presented in Scotland. 

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “It is fantastic that we will be welcoming Kim Gordon to Tramway this December, when she will take centre stage at the awards ceremony. Who the winner will be is a fascinating part of the debate which visitors to the exhibition are engaging in every day.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “As one of the world’s most prestigious visual arts awards, it is fitting that Kim Gordon, someone who has earned widespread acclaim as both a musician and artist, has been chosen to present the Turner Prize in 2015. Glasgow’s Tramway has provided the perfect stage for this year’s exhibition and we look forward to seeing the winner crowned there on December 7.”

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts, Creative Scotland, said; “Kim Gordon has been at the cutting edge of culture for many years and we are delighted to welcome her to Scotland to present this prestigious contemporary art prize.  Glasgow’s Tramway is the ideal setting for Scotland’s first hosting of the exhibition and award ceremony.  Tramway is one of many art-spaces across Scotland that continues to make a significant contribution to the country’s reputation as an international centre of excellence for the visual arts.”

Photo: P C Robinson g



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