The Turner Prize (est. 1984) is awarded annually to an artist born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding exhibition presentation of their work anywhere in the world the previous year. However the jury is specifically composed of national and international curators, writers and even musicians.
What does this self-consciously British show look like to arts professionals from outside of UK? We tour the exhibition at Tate Britain with Khalil Rasool, a performing arts programmer and events director from Manama, Bahrain. A random art student collaborates with us to read the comments cards on display outside the exhibition.
Since it was established the Turner Prize has become one of the most prestigious international visual arts awards and claims to have “both reflected and contributed to a growing public awareness and interest in contemporary art.” While the prize is for the exhibition created at the Tate alone, by a British artist with an outstanding show anywhere in the world the year before, the Turner prize machinery is clear; the independent jury should be international. They are not all curators and critics either, there have been musicians and authors among them.
The Turner prize continues at Tate Britain until Jan 2nd, while the prize will be announced and awarded at Tate Liverpool on Dec 5th. Tickets are 12 pounds (free to Tate members) but on Tuesdays entry is pay what you can.
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