Media Release: Turner Prize goes on the road across Scotland




AS part of the celebrations of the Turner Prize 2015 in Scotland, The Travelling Gallery will take a special show out on the road across Scotland featuring a roll-call of past Scottish Turner Prize winners and nominees, starting on 22 August 2015, then travelling right 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 this year’s Turner Prize winner on 7 December 2015.

The exhibition, entitled Eyes on the Prize, features the work of:

Christine Borland with Brody Condon (Turner Prize nominee 1997)

Martin Boyce (Turner Prize winner 2011)

Ian Hamilton Finlay (Turner Prize Nominee 1985)

Douglas Gordon (Turner Prize winner 1996)

Callum Innes (Turner Prize nominee 1995)

Jim Lambie (Turner Prize nominee 2005)

Ciara Phillips (Turner Prize nominee 2014)

David Shrigley (Turner Prize nominee 2013)

Lucy Skaer (Turner Prize nominee 2009)

Custom built as a mobile, contemporary art space, the Travelling Gallery is fully accessible and is based on a Scania Omni Decca 12-metre chassis.

It is fully air-conditioned, naturally lit through integrated roof panels, with additional lighting from a suspended lighting track, and the latest audio visual equipment.

All it needs is two 13amp sockets to run in any location it visits. The exhibition programme features work by both established and emerging Scottish and international artists.

The Travelling Gallery tour is conceived to put the spotlight on the quality and range of Scotland’s contribution to contemporary art, and bring it to everyone in every part of the community.

It coincides with the Turner Prize 2015 presentation at Tramway in Glasgow, with an exhibition of the four shortlisted artists, Assemble, Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers, opening on 1 October 2015, and the announcement of the winner on 7 December 2015.

Sarah Munro, director of Tramway, said: “With the Turner Prize coming to Scotland for the first time, we have a fantastic opportunity to share the diversity, the inspiration and the excitement of contemporary visual art to people throughout Glasgow and across the country.

“Our team at Tramway are working hard ahead of the exhibition opening in October and in the meantime, the Travelling Gallery tour is the perfect vehicle to open access and let everyone get involved.”

Amanda Catto, head of Visual Arts at Creative Scotland, said: “The Travelling Gallery is a unique resource that takes some of the very best art to some of the harder to reach places in Scotland.

“Eyes on the Prize has been inspired by Glasgow’s hosting of the Turner Prize, and brings together an excellent selection of work from artists based in Scotland who have been associated with the Prize.

“This touring exhibition is a great way to bring important works of art to new audiences and we hope the experience will encourage people to visit the Turner Prize exhibition when it is on at Tramway later in the year.”

Alison Chisholm, Travelling Gallery curator, said: We are very excited to be taking our bus load of Turner Prize artists’ work around the country. Most of the artists in the exhibition have exhibited their work previously in the Travelling Gallery before their nominations, so it has been a real pleasure to work with them again.

“The exhibition incorporates a wide variety of work – including printmaking, sculpture, animation, video, painting and site specific installations. So there should be something for everyone to enjoy.”

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Notes to editors:

The Turner Prize is awarded by Tate to contemporary artists. It is presented annually to a British artist under fifty years old who has exhibited outstanding work the previous year. It takes its name from the British painter J.M.W. Turner. The prize was first awarded in 1984.

A shortlist of nominees is released prior to the announcement of the winner, who is awarded £25,000; the other artists shortlisted each receive £5,000. In addition to presenting the prize, an exhibition is held presenting the work of all the nominees. The purpose of the prize, and its accompanying exhibition, is to promote and encourage public discussion of contemporary British art. From 2011 onwards, the prize and its accompanying exhibition has been held in an art-space outside of London every other year. This year, it is being held in Glasgow. The four shortlisted artists for 2015 Turner Prize are: Assemble, Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers.

The Turner Prize exhibition will be held in Tramway in Glasgow, from October 1st 2015 until January 17th 2016. The winner of the Turner Prize 2015 will be announced on the 7th of December.

The Turner Prize 2015 is supported by partners including EventScotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland, and Glasgow Life.

Travelling Gallery touring dates:

22-28 August, Edinburgh
31 August -4 September, Glasgow
7 -18 September, Highlands
21-25 September, Orkney Isles
28 Sept – 2 October, Highlands
5 October, Nairn
6-9 October, Moray
19-23 October, East Dunbartonshire
26-30 October, South Ayrshire
2-6 November, Perth and Kinross
9-12 November, North Ayrshire
16-20 November, Dumfries and Galloway
23-27 November, West Lothian and Stirling
30 Nov – 5 December, Glasgow

Creative Scotland also directly supports the Travelling Gallery. Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit  Follow us @creativescots and

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