One of the best-known prizes for visual arts in the world will be hosted in the coastal town of Margate at the Turner Contemporary in 2019. Margate is one of the focal points for the cultural revitalising of Kent, with Turner Contemporary at the heart of it since opening in 2011.
Turner Prize 2017 is currently at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the 2017 UK City of Culture celebrations (until 7 January 2018).
Victoria Pomery OBE, Director of Turner Contemporary said: "We are thrilled to host the Turner Prize here at Turner Contemporary in 2019. This is a truly transformative opportunity for Margate to be part of something which invites conversations on an international scale, connecting our audiences to outstanding contemporary art and inspiring future generations of creative talent. It seems even more fitting to host the prize here in Margate on the site where JMW Turner was so inspired. We look forward to working with our existing and new stakeholders and colleagues at Tate on this exciting initiative."
Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain and Chair of the Turner Prize jury said:"Turner Contemporary is an exceptional venue with ambitious exhibition and public engagement programmes. It has helped revitalize south east Kent, and the area is also now home to an exciting artist-led scene. The gallery’s associations with Turner have particular resonance, as Turner was an innovator in his day, and we are delighted that the prize will be presented in Kent. We are looking forward to working with colleagues in Margate."
The Turner Prize visits venues outside of London every two years. Previous hosts have included Liverpool (2007), Gateshead (2011), Derry (2013) and Glasgow (2015).
Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the previous twelve months. The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.
Image of Turner Contemporary by Carlos Dominguez