This year’s Turner Prize will be held in Derry~Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations – the first time it has taken place outside of England
In Liverpool in 2008 it was one of the highlights of an enormously successful year. In Gateshead in 2011 it drew huge crowds to the Baltic. Now the Turner Prize is leaving England for the first time, to take its place in the first UK City of Culture, Derry~Londonderry in Northern Ireland.
The format is the same: the four shortlisted artists will present an exhibition of their work – not necessarily the work they were shortlisted for – before the announcement of the winner on Monday 2 December, broadcast on Channel 4. The winner will receive £25,000 and the others £5,000.
The exhibition will take place in a newly developed space in the former Ebrington Barracks. Built in the 19th century for the British army, the 26-acre riverside site has been transformed into a cultural hub for the city. The vast parade ground has already reopened as space for concerts, including Radio 1’s Big Weekend in May 2013.
This year’s shortlist includes several artists who use humour in their work. David Shrigley is known for his offbeat cartoons and sculptures – he was nominated for his show at the Hayward last year. Laure Prouvost was nominated for her mischievous video and installation in the recent Kurt Schwitters exhibition at Tate Britain. Tino Sehgal orchestrates live encounters between people and took over the Turbine Hall last year for These associations, for which he is nominated. Lastly, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye paints portraits of imaginary people. Her work can be seen in the new BP Walk through British Art at Tate Britain.
There are still dozens of events happening before the end of the year. Among the visual arts highlights is an exhibition by two-time Turner Prize nominee Willie Doherty, who was born and raised in the city (The City Factory, 1–31 October). Lumiere will transform buildings, parks and waterways across the city into a magical nocturnal landscape of artworks made from light (28 November – 1 December).
Turner Prize 2013 runs 23 October 2013 – 5 January 2014. Free entry