Turner Prize comes to southside’s Tramway

Tate Britain announced the four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2015 in Glasgow for the first time since the inaugural award in 1984.

The first of often controversial winners of the award for ‘the greatest contribution to British art in the previous year’ – was painter Malcolm Morley.

This year, the exhibition will be held at Tramway, Glasgow - the first time the Turner Prize has been held in Scotland.

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A spokeswoman for Tramway welcomed the news of the announcement coming to the southside arts and cultural hub, saying: “We’re delighted to host the event.

“Many of the previous awards have gone to artists either from Scotland or based in Scotland and Glasgow.”

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 the age of 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the 12 months preceding April 17, 2015. 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.

An exhibition of work by the four shortlisted artists will run from October 1, 2015 until January 17, 2016, with free entry.

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The winner of the prize will be announced at an awards ceremony to be broadcast live on Channel 4 on Monday, December 7, 2015.

Since 1996 six artists associated with Glasgow have lifted the trophy. A further nine have been nominated.

So established is Glasgow’s reputation for nurturing talent, there was little surprise when it was announced last year that three of four shortlisted were also GSA alumni.