The annual Turner Prize ceremony is coming to Scotland for the first time, after the Tate announced that The Tramway in Glasgow will host the event in 2015.
The award is presented to British artists under 50 years old who are judged to have presented an outstanding exhibition of their work. As well as the title, the winner receives a £25,000 cash prize.
Up against a shortlist comprising Nottingham Contemporary, the New Art Gallery in Walsall and Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery, the announcement will be seen as great news for the city.
Speaking about the news, council leader Gordon Matheson said:
“Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse and we are delighted that our work with partners at Creative Scotland and Event Scotland has won us the right to host the UK’s most prestigious arts prize.
“Tramway has been described as an industrial cathedral that connects art with humanity and has a thriving global reputation as a producer and promoter of the most innovative work by Scottish and international artists. In bringing the Turner Prize to Tramway and Glasgow, we will build on that growing reputation,”
Such sentiments were echoed by Tate director Nicholas Serota who said that despite the compelling nature of each venue on the shortlist, Glasgow, and The Tramway’s development over the past 20 years, were deserving of the award.
Recognition has been gained across the world, with many artists and galleries in Scotland working with a commercial finance broker to help monetise their efforts.