A must see – Turner Prize Exhibition, Glasgow 2015.

Exciting news that the Turner Prize Exhibition is in Glasgow….

I go to see the Turner Prize exhibition finalists every year when they are in London at the Tate, so very excited to hear it was showing in Glasgow for the first time this year.

The Tramway Gallery is a great space and good to see the exhibition there. The Turner Prize is a very prestigious visual art award and it never disappoints in really opening your mind to what you are seeing. It is a award for British artists under 50 who have had an outstanding exhibition in the preceding year. It introduces new artists and ideas in contemporary art and previous winners have included Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Richard Wright.

The exhibition dates are 1st October – 17th January 2016 so still plenty of time to go and see the finalist.

2015 Turner Prize Finalists.

The four finalists this year are Assemble, Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers.

I would highly recommend to check the performance times that the singers are actually there performing the full piece DOUG. It is really unusual to hear and then walk around the other 3 finalists work spaces as they come on in their different intervals every 20 mins when they are performing the actual piece. Noel who does all the dispatch at Natasha Marshall is also a very good Opera Singer and he is hopefully doing a stint, so we will keep you posted!

My favourite was Assemble – this was a fascinating installation. Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and there are 18 in the collective. Their working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and process by which places are made.

They were nominated for their ongoing collaboration with local residents and others in Granby Four Streets, Liverpool. The project is a result of a 20 year battle by local residents to save rows of terraced houses in the area from demolition. Assemble have worked with the community to provide affordable housing for local residents and create products they can make in the local workshop to sell, all remains in community ownership.

They are the first design studio to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize. Fascinating piece on them on Dezeen magazine as well.

Granby Workshop.

The Granby workshop is part of the project which is a social enterprise making handmade products for homes which was launched through the Turner Prize exhibition here in Glasgow at the Tramway.

They trained and employed local people and the Worksop now sells a range of products that are Made in Granby. Products can be pre-ordered during the Turner Prize exhibition to support the launch of the business and the ongoing rebuilding of the area. They are operating on a crowd-funding model.

A must see for their textiles and products.