SCOTLAND’S FIRST TURNER PRIZE EXHIBITION OPENS IN TRAMWAY GLASGOW

October 2015 sees the first ever presentation in Scotland of the Turner Prize – the UK’s most prestigious art prize.  The exhibition is held at Tramway, Glasgow and runs from 1 October 2015 – 17 January 2016.  The winner of Turner Prize 2015 will be announced at an awards ceremony at Tramway on Monday 7 December 2015 and will be broadcast live to the public on Channel 4.

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

 Assemble have been nominated for projects including the ongoing collaboration with local residents and others in the Granby Four Streets, Liverpool.  Assemble are a collective of 18 who work across the fields of art, design and architecture.  Their working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made.  The Granby Four Streets project builds on the vision of local residents and translates it to the refurbishment of housing, public space and the provision of new work and enterprise opportunities.  At Tramway, Assemble will present,  A Showroom for Granby Workshop (2015).

Bonnie Camplin has been nominated for The Military Industrial Complex, South London Gallery.  Her work spans the disciplines of drawing, film, performance, music and writing as well as immaterial and situational research.  The Military Industrial Complex took the form of a study room exploring what ‘consensus reality’ is and how it is formed, drawing from physics to philosophy, psychology, witchcraft, quantum theory and warfare.

Janice Kerbel has been nominated for her performance DOUG, commissioned by The Common Guild at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.  Kerbel borrows from conventional modes of narrative in order to create elaborate imagined forms.  Her precisely crafted works often take the form of audio recordings, performance and printed matter.  DOUG takes the form of nine songs for six voices and calls on the history of physical comedy, animated cartoons, narrative ballad and operatic librettos to imagine a new kind of compositional choreography.

Nicole Wermers has been nominated for her exhibition Infrastruktur, Herald Street, London.  Wermers creates sculptures, collages and installations, which explore the appropriation of art and design within consumer culture.  Her installation Infrastruktur adopted the glossy aesthetics and materials of modernist design and high fashion, alluding to themes of lifestyle, class, consumption and control.

 For Turner Prize 2015, Tramway has devised an extensive engagement and education programme for all ages both in and outside of the exhibition space.  Entitled ‘Try Something New’, the programme includes workshops and events for family, young people and over-50s, as well as associated contemporary art exhibitions in other galleries in Glasgow.  Gallery of Modern Art presents ‘Devils in the Making: Glasgow School of Art & the Collection’ – featuring works by Glasgow School of Art alumni including past Turner Prize nominees and winners such as Simon Starling, Karla Black and Jim Lambie (18 September 2015 – 28 February 2016).  Cass Art, Tramway’s Public Programme Partner, presents an interactive exhibition and Turner Prize related workshops in its Glasgow Art Space (1 November 2015 – 17 January 2016).

The much-loved Travelling Gallery celebrates Scotland’s first Turner Prize by taking a special show out on the road across Scotland featuring a roll-call of past Scottish Turner Prize winners and nominees from Martin Boyce, Douglas Gordon, Jim Lambie to David Shrigley.  Custom built as a mobile, contemporary art space, the Travelling Gallery is based on a Scania Omni Decca 12 metre chassis.  It will travel across Scotland as far as the Highlands and the Orkney Islands, visiting schools, galleries and community centres and returning to Glasgow to coincide with the announcement of the Turner Prize winner on 7 December.

Sarah Munro, Director of Tramway, said:  ‘Working with the shortlisted artists and seeing the Turner Prize 2015 exhibition take shape at Tramway has been fantastic and it is brilliant that we’re now at the moment where everyone can see and share this work.  It’s here to explore, to challenge, to inspire and to provoke.  It is here to start conversations, to be passionate about.  Most of all it is here to be experienced and I would encourage everyone to come along and join us, to see the Turner Prize exhibition.” 

Judith Nesbitt, Director of National & International Programmes, Tate, said:  “It’s wonderful to see Turner Prize 2015 here at Tramway.  Glasgow is an important centre for the arts in Britain so it is very fitting for the exhibition to be hosted in the city this year.  Working in partnership with colleagues in Scotland means Turner Prize reaches an even wider audience and enables a richer debate about contemporary art.  We hope all who visit the exhibition at Tramway will find it exciting and thought-provoking, and that they will see how British art today connects with wider contemporary culture.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The Turner Prize is Europe’s premier visual arts award and we are delighted to support the 2015 exhibition, which will be on display at Tramway until January next year.

“With such a strong contemporary arts tradition, and having produced many former winners, Glasgow is the perfect stage for the Turner Prize’s first visit to Scotland and I’m confident that arts enthusiasts from all over Europe will take the chance to experience the exhibition first-hand.”

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