Turner Prize to Leave London For Gateshead

Tate has announced that the prestigious Turner Prize 2011 will be mounted at the BALTIC 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 is first time that it departs from the Tate’s infrastructure and will now annually alternate between Tate Britain and a Tate gallery in another UK city. 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, it is Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild, Glasgow; Vasif Kortun, Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Nadia Schneider, Director, Kunsthaus Glarus; and Godfrey Worsdale, Director, BALTIC. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art will also be home to the annual exhibition of works by shortlisted artists in 2011.The artists will be announced in April. The prize – which has been won by artists such as Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and last year’s victor Richard Wright – 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 eight 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. This year’s winner will be announced on December 6 at Tate Britain.


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