Could YOU organise the Turner Prize?

Published: Thursday 16th February 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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How much do you know about the Turner Prize?

Designed to shock, question and explore, the prestigious annual award is presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50.

Over the years, these artists have unleashed on the world some really bizarre and controversial creations. As a result, some love the Turner Prize whilst others hate it, yet we all come together in shared bafflement and curiosity.

Good examples of crazy creations are last year’s Project for Door by Anthea Hamilton, which took the form of enormous buttocks being spread open by a paid of hands. We don’t get to see the figure’s face, which creates a sense of voyeurism mixed with anonymity.

Larger than life and utterly unashamed, the piece was cheeky to say the least. (Image above: Kyle Knodell)

Going back a few years, Tracey Emin exhibited an installation at the Tate Gallery, which was entered into the Turner Prize in 1999. Given the self-explanatory title My Bed, it took the form of her actual bed and various associated objects.

Messy, haphazard and totally without order, the piece was inspired by a depressive phase in the artist’s life. It was a time when she had remained in bed for several days without eating or drinking anything but alcohol.

This is the perfect example of how art can seem easy, such as the “My five-year-old kid could have done that” viewpoint. And yet when you understand the story behind a piece, chances are you look at it in a whole new way.

Tracey Emin - My Bed

Tracey Emin: My Bed, 1999. (Image: Wikipedia)

The Turner Prize itself runs from 26 September until 7 January, so it’s still a while before we can enjoy some bizarre experiences. However, an opportunity has arisen for those who want to get involved in a very hands-on way.

If you have what it takes to be in charge of a globally celebrated event, there’s a job opening that you really must go for. The Ferens Art Gallery are looking for a Curator to work alongside another appointed by Hull 2017.

Needless to say, this role will be incredibly challenging and requires huge amounts of passion, dedication and attention to detail. It also calls for a degree in a relevant subject alongside a broad knowledge of contemporary art.

In other words, it’s not one of those jobs that you have a pop at just in case.

Each of the Curators will work closely with two of the four nominated artists to deliver the exhibition. They will also collaborate intensely with the Hull 2017 Executive Producer and Ferens Art Gallery Curator of Art, resulting in a world-class event that will make the nation proud. (No pressure, then.)

The Turner Prize is notorious for exhibiting jaw-dropping works that spark everything from outrage to laughter. On top of that, the amount of PR and social media coverage that it receives is immense, so this role isn’t one that takes a backseat.

If you think that you can deliver an exhibition that has previously included a bisected cow, nude mannequins and human waste, now’s your chance!

To apply, visit the Hull 2017 website for full information. Good luck!

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Published: Thursday 16th February 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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