Turner Prize 2020 replaced with artist bursaries

The Turner Prize jury for 2020 will select 10 winners to receive bursaries in place of the annual award.

Tate Britain will award £10,000 each to ten different artists selected by the jury due to the coronavirus pandemic making the exhibition unfeasible to mount. The artists will be announced at the end of June.

Director of Tate Britain and chair of the Turner Prize jury Alex Farquharson said: “Gallery closures and social distancing measures are vitally important, but they are also causing huge disruption to the lives and livelihoods of artists. “The practicalities of organising a Turner Prize exhibition are impossible in the current circumstances, so we have decided to help support even more artists during this exceptionally difficult time.”

The bursary winners will be chosen based on the same criteria as the Turner Prize, based on artists' contribution to new developments in contemporary art.

The members of the jury are Richard Birkett, Curator at Large at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Sarah Munro, Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Fatoş Üstek, Director of Liverpool Biennial, and Duro Olowu, designer and curator.

Farquharson added: “I think JMW Turner, who once planned to leave his fortune to support artists in their hour of need, would approve of our decision.

“I appreciate visitors will be disappointed that there is no Turner Prize this year, but we can all look forward to it returning in 2021.”

Image: Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Rain, Steam, and Speed - The Great Western Railway' / The National Gallery, London. Turner Bequest, 1856.

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