The Turner Prize Exhibition will open to the general public tomorrow and is sure to get the people of Derry and beyond talking.
The exhibition - which showcases work from the four artists nominated for the prestigious award - will run until January. The winning artist will be named at the beginning of December. The arrival of the Turner Prize at the Ebrington site marks the first time the award has moved outside of England.
The four nominated artists are Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Both the works from Seghal and Shrigley encourage a degree of audience participation - with Shrigley encouraging visitors to add to his life model installation and Seghal requiring a bit more interaction - in exchange for a small fee.
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Culture Company said: “We are proud to be presenting the Turner Prize as one of the highlights of our programme, reflecting the powerful cultural relationships that have been built around this vital year. 2013 will be the first time that the Turner Prize has been located outside of England.
“The shortlist of artists is wonderful, and with the exhibition’s exceptional location, a former military barracks now transformed into a world-class exhibition and concert space, the stage is set for the unique experience of Turner Prize 2013.
“Our thanks go to all the artists and to Tate for making this possible. We look forward to welcoming everyone to come and enjoy the exhibition in the splendid setting of Ebrington, confirming our reputation as a place where creativity flourishes.”
The Turner Prize has attracted major interest from the UK media, with publications including The Guardian and The Times devoting extensive coverage to the event as part of Derry’s status as UK City of Culture 2013.
(See Friday’s Journal for further coverage).