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  • Turner Contemporary will be hosting Turner Prize 2019. Photo credit: Richard Bryant
Tue 1 Oct 2019 - Fri 31 Jan 2020


One of the best known prizes for visual arts in the world, Turner Prize 2019 is coming to Turner Contemporary.

Four of the most exciting artists working right now are shortlisted to win the prize based on an outstanding exhibition that has taken place in the previous year. The names of these artists will be announced in Spring 2019.

The prize is renowned for triggering debates around new developments in contemporary British art. The work of the four artists will feature in the exhibition at Turner Contemporary and the winner will be announced at a major awards ceremony in December 2019.

The Turner Prize is named after J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) who was an innovative and controversial artist in his day, is now seen as one of the greatest British artists, and expressed a wish to establish a prize for young artists. Turner Contemporary is named after the artist for similar reasons; our work is inspired by Turner’s innovative and radical approach to art.

Previous winners include: Howard Hodgkin (1985), Anish Kapoor (1991), Rachel Whiteread (1993), Antony Gormley (1994), Damien Hirst (1995), Steve McQueen (1999), Grayson Perry (2003), Jeremy Deller (2004), Helen Marten (2016), Lubaina Himid (2017).

Find out how you can be part of Turner Prize 2019 at this free reception event on Wednesday 18 July, here.

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Hear about the Turner Prize's legacy from former Tate director Nicholas Serota and The Guardian's art critic Jonathan Jones in this video below.