Tate Liverpool is delighted to announce that Milligan, the innovative and award-winning retail developer, will be sponsoring the Turner Prize 2007. The prize will be hosted outside London for the first time in its 23 year history, as a curtain-raiser for Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008. Milligan has developed the 40-store Metquarter shopping centre in Liverpool city centre. This sponsorship is the most significant that Milligan has undertaken in the city, demonstrating the company’s continuing commitment to the city and it’s 2008 celebrations.
Speaking of the sponsorship, John Milligan said:
Milligan is a modern retail developer, and a key aim across all of our projects is to create spaces that are inspiring and exciting. I am delighted that we are sponsoring the Turner Prize. Firstly, because it reflects a real interest that myself and the Milligan team have in contemporary art, and secondly, because we’re always interested in exploring the links between design, art and fashion and how we can create relationships between these things to reach out to people.
Andrea Nixon, Executive Director of Tate Liverpool said:
Tate Liverpool is committed to working with a variety of local funders to support the creation of outstanding international art projects in the city. We are delighted that the Turner Prize will have a local sponsor, along with the very generous support from other North West funders, including Arts Council England, Liverpool Culture Company, Northwest Regional Development Agency and Tate Members.
The Turner Prize 2007 exhibition of the work by the four shortlisted artists opens to the public on Friday 19 October 2007 and continues until Sunday 13 January 2008. The Prize will be awarded to the winning artist on Monday 3 December 2007 during a live broadcast on Channel 4.
The Turner Prize 2007 is supported by Arts Council England, Northwest Regional Development Agency, Liverpool Culture Company, Milligan and Tate Members.