Hull to host Turner Prize in 2017

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Published: Thursday 28th May 2015 by KCFM

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The Turner Prize is coming to Hull as part of the City of Culture celebrations in 2017.

The city’s Ferens Art Gallery will host Europe’s most prestigious contemporary arts prize, which will be a corrnerstone of the year long programme of cultural events.

Martin Green, Chief Executive of the Hull 2017 Culture Company, said:

“Securing the Turner Prize is a fantastic boost for Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. As a key pillar of our programme, and the first event to be announced, it underlines the scale of our artistic ambition and our determination to see Hull recognised as a cultural powerhouse of the North.

“Our vision is for Hull 2017 to be a truly transformative year of arts and culture that will engage people at local, national and international level.

“Working with the Tate and the outstanding team at the Ferens, we will not only present a world-class exhibition of contemporary visual art; we will also use the work created to inspire, challenge and engage local artists and new audiences, creating a partnership and legacy that will extend well beyond 2017.”

Councillor Steven Bayes, Hull City Council cabinet portfolio holder for UK City of Culture added:  “This is brilliant news and a credit to the work of the teams at the Ferens and Hull 2017 Company who have been working really hard behind the scenes to make this happen for the city.

“Hosting the Turner Prize will put Hull and the Ferens on the national and international cultural map. It is another game-changer that will help transform perceptions of the city, reinvigorate our economy and bring about positive change in people’s lives through the power of art and culture.”

Nicholas Serota said: “We are delighted that the Turner Prize will be presented at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the vibrant UK City of Culture programme.

“Hull has a strong cultural heritage in the fields of literature, theatre, visual arts and contemporary music. Ferens has supported ARTIST ROOMS displays on three occasions and its young people, in particular, have imaginatively promoted art to new audiences.

“Alternating the prize between venues in the UK and Tate Britain has given the prize a new dynamic and deepened our relationships with audiences outside London.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP commented: “The North of England is home to some of the country’s best cultural assets and investing in these is a vital part of our plan to build a Northern Powerhouse.

“A few months ago the Prime Minister and I committed £1.5 million of support for the Ferens Gallery in Yorkshire and I am delighted to hear that it will host the Turner Prize. Having one of the country’s most prestigious arts events in Hull will play a big part in its success as the City of Culture in 2017.”

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Published: Thursday 28th May 2015 by KCFM

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