Press Release

Turner Prize exhibtion opens in Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013

Press Release announcing Turner Prize 2013
Turner Prize 2013

23 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland

October 2013 sees the first ever presentation outside England of the Turner Prize - the UK’s most prestigious art prize. The exhibition is organised by Derry~Londonderry, the first UK City of Culture, in partnership with Tate.

The exhibition is staged at Ebrington, in a newly converted building on the site of a former military barracks, and runs from 23 October 2013 – 5 January 2014. The winner of Turner Prize 2013 will be announced at an awards ceremony at Ebrington on Monday 2 December 2013 and will be broadcast live to the public on Channel 4.

The exhibition features work by the four nominated artists (in alphabetical order):

Laure Prouvost
Nominated for her new work Wantee 2013, commissioned with Grizedale Arts for inclusion in the exhibition Schwitters in Britain at Tate Britain and for her two-part installation for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, resulting from a residency in Italy and presented in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. Her unique approach to filmmaking, often situated within atmospheric installations, employs strong story telling, quick cuts, montage and deliberate misuse of language to create surprising and unpredictable work. In Derry~Londonderry she shows two video installations, Wantee and Grandma’s Dream, both from 2013.

Tino Sehgal
Nominated for his pioneering projects This variation 2012 at documenta (XIII) and These associations 2012 at Tate Modern. Both structured and improvised, Sehgal’s intimate works consist purely of live encounters between people and demonstrate a keen sensitivity to their institutional context. Through participatory means, they test the limits of artistic material and audience perception in a new and significant way. In Derry~Londonderry, Sehgal shows a version of This is exchange, originally created in 2003.

David Shrigley
Nominated for his solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery David Shrigley: Brain Activity, which offered a comprehensive overview and new perspectives on his work. Including not only his well-loved drawings but also photography, sculpture and film, the exhibition revealed his black humour, macabre intelligence and infinite jest. For Derry~Londonderry, Shrigley shows Life Model from 2012.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Nominated for her exhibition Extracts and Verses at Chisenhale Gallery, Yiadom-Boakye’s intriguing paintings appear traditional but are in fact much more innovative. Her portraits of imaginary people use invented pre-histories and raise pertinent questions about how we read pictures in general. In Derry~Londonderry, Yiadom-Boakye shows six paintings dating from 2010 to 2013, including two new works on display for the first time, Appreciation of the Inches 2013 and The Like Above all Lovers 2013.

The design for the gallery space where Turner Prize 2013 is presented was implemented by CPD in close consultation with Ilex Urban Regeneration Company, John McAslan and Partners, in an advisory role, and Ostick and Williams as the design and build architects. The gallery in the former dormitory buildings of the disused Ebrington Barracks overlooks the Peace Bridge that links the city across the River Foyle. The development includes four gallery spaces of approximately 100 square metres each, an area used for screening films about the artists, and a café on the first floor with views over the River Foyle. Following its initial use to host Turner Prize 2013, the space will be the focus of a new creative hub for Derry~Londonderry, supporting the development of creative industries in the city.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Culture Company 2013, organisers of Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013, said: ‘We are proud to be presenting the Turner Prize as one of the highlights of our programme, reflecting the powerful cultural relationships that have been built around this vital year. 2013 will be the first time that the Turner Prize has been located outside of England. The shortlist of artists is wonderful, and with the exhibition’s exceptional location, a former military barracks now transformed into a world-class exhibition and concert space, the stage is set for the unique experience of Turner Prize 2013. Our thanks go to all the artists and to Tate for making this possible. We look forward to welcoming everyone to come and enjoy the exhibition in the splendid setting of Ebrington, confirming our reputation as a place where creativity flourishes.’

Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain, said: ‘We are delighted to be staging Turner Prize 2013 at Derry~Londonderry. This year’s shortlist for the Prize showcases artists whose work spans live encounters, film, sculpture, drawing and painting. Visitors to the exhibition at Ebrington will gain a good sense of the diversity of British art. The Prize provides a vital part of Tate’s aim to encourage a wider understanding and enjoyment of visual art.’

The members of the Turner Prize 2013 jury are:
Annie Fletcher, Curator of Exhibitions, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Susanne Gaensheimer, Director, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main
Declan Long, writer and lecturer at National College of Art and Design, Dublin
Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, London
The jury is chaired by Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain.

About The Turner Prize
The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the last year. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.

This year the exhibition will be on show in at Ebrington in Derry~Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013 (23 October 2013 -5 January 2014). The winner is announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 2 December 2013.

With the support of Event Partner Diamond Corrugated, Media Partner The Guardian, Principal Partner BT.

Partners: Diageo, Pol Roger, Translink, Coca Cola, The Loughs Agency, Arts and Business Northern Ireland.

Funded by The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Arts Council England, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Derry City Council, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Ilex.

About Diamond Corrugated Event Partner
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Diamond Corrugated operates from a 125,000 sq.ft. manufacturing and warehousing facility in the North West of Ireland. It offers a unique and complete packaging service from initial enquiry right through to order fulfilment. A team of experienced and highly skilled professionals combines with advanced systems and equipment to ensure total customer satisfaction. Diamond Corrugated manufacture eye-catching shelf ready packaging as well as the more traditional and conventional corrugated boxes. Its success is based on a strong foundation of exceptional people and rigorous production and quality standards. Its long-term relationship with many of the leading manufacturers in Ireland illustrates its commitment to a unique partnership approach to business.

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About the UK City of Culture
Derry~Londonderry 2013 is delivering a cultural feast of music, dance, theatre, art and much more on the banks of the River Foyle. The city has welcomed thousands of visitors for landmark events Sons and Daughters, The Return of Colmcille, Music City! Radio One’s Big Weekend, Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and the Walled City Tattoo.

The UK City of Culture initiative was announced by the UK Government in 2009, building on Liverpool’s success as European Capital of Culture in 2008, inviting cities to compete for the first UK City of Culture title in 2013. Derry~Londonderry is the winner of the title for 2013. The other shortlisted cities were Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield.

Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 is funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure of the Northern Ireland Executive, with core funding from Derry City Council, and capital infrastructure delivered by Ilex, Urban Regeneration Company. The cultural programme is also funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of England, the British Council and others.

With the support of Principal Partner, BT

Media partners: BBC, UTV, Derry Journal, Londonderry Sentinel, The Nerve Centre
Partners: Diageo, NIE, JTI, Tesco, Great Wall Motors, Coca-Cola, Foyleside, Firstsource Solutions, Eventserv, Derry Credit Union Limited, Seagate, Translink, Crown Paints, Etihad Airways, Parkes Hire, Culture Northern Ireland.

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