Turner Prize Nominees Show at Baltic


The Turner Prize 2011 exhibition takes place this year at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, in Gateshead, nearly 300 miles to the north of London. For the first time, the prize is being presented outside the Tate’s galleries (though it was given outside London, at Tate Liverpool, in 2007). The exhibition, featuring work by four shortlisted artists, is on view through Jan. 8, 2012.

The final nominees are:

Glasgow resident Karla Black, 38, who currently has  sculptural installations at the Venice Biennale, where she represents Scotland; fellow Glaswegian Martin Boyce, 44 (who represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2009), offering sculptures and an architectural intervention; Londoner Hilary Lloyd, 47, showing video installations; and Ilfracombe-based painter George Shaw, 45.

Open since 2002, the Baltic Centre is housed in a landmark industrial building on the River Tyne; in its somewhat rocky history thus far, the Baltic has seen several directors come and go. The noncollecting institution is one of 18 “partners” in the “Plus Tate” program, launched in 2010 to increase national exposure of contemporary art.

The Turner Prize winner will be announced live, Dec. 5, on the UK’s Channel 4. This year’s prizes, sponsored by Channel 4, total about $64,000, with approximately $40,000 going to the winner and nearly $8,000 each to the other nominees. On the jury are Katrina Brown, director of the Common Guild, Glasgow; Vasif Kortun, director of Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Nadia Schneider, freelance curator; Godfrey Worsdale, director, BALTIC; and Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain and chair of the jury.

Established in 1984, the prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of work in the 12 months preceding the nomination.