Ilex unveil £2.4million exhibition space

One of the new galleries at Ebrington which will house the Turner Prize exhibit from late October. (der3713jb023)

One of the new galleries at Ebrington which will house the Turner Prize exhibit from late October. (der3713jb023)

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Derry’s latest art gallery, designed to house the 2013 Turner Prize, was unveiled at Ebrington yesterday.

Buildings 80 and 81 will house the Turner Prize on this, the first time it’s been hosted outside England. Ilex revealed the £2.4million project and gave details of its plan to establish a cultural creative and digital hub with 50 new high tech jobs after it hosts works by the shortlisted Turner Prize nominees.

“This is about maximising the legacy aspect of the investment on the site for the whole city,” said interim Ilex chairman. Matt McNulty. Work on the project is being carried out in three stages. Firstly, there was the conversion of the abandoned military quarters to a gallery space fit for Turner nominees, Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. The second stage is the exhibition of their work which will attract an estimated 70,000 visitors. Finally. a minor refit will ensure the four gallery spaces, each roughly 100 m2, film area and cafe become a hub housing new cultural and digital enterprises.