Turner Prize 2011 Shortlist Announcement

The announcement of the Turner Prize 2011 shortlist took place on Wednesday 4 May at Tate Britain.

These are the Artists nominated:

The 4 artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2011 are Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw.

This year the prize moves to The Baltic in Gateshead. The controversial announcement that the Prize would alternate between Tate Britain and a gallery outside London, was made last September.

The prestigious Turner Prize 2011 will be mounted in the impressive BALTIC gallery in Newcastle. This is only the second time that the prize has been presented outside of London. In 2007 it was hosted by Tate Liverpool, ahead of the city’s tenure as European capital of culture.This departure from the Tate’s infrastructure will now transform the event into a democratic representation of Britain.

The jury for the 2011 prize has also been revealed and lacks the usual presence of a critic. Chaired by Penelope Curtis, Director Tate Britain others include, Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild, Glasgow; Vasif Kortun, Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Nadia Schneider, Director, Kunsthaus Glarus; and Godfrey Worsdale, Director, BALTIC.

The prize, which has been won by artists such as Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and last year Susan Philipsz for her sound sculpture is internationally followed. Philipsz’s work is less about superficial appearance and more about the processes of swimming in the experience of sound. It was a popular choice and a departure from the usual disciplines.

The prize is worth £25,000, with £5,000 going to each of the other three shortlisted artists. Baltic has had more than 3.5 million visitors since opening nine years ago. Mr Worsdale said: ‘‘in its short history, Baltic has become recognised as a gallery where the ideas around new art can be interrogated, debated and engaged with at many levels, and its audiences continue to animate and increasingly inform that dialogue.

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