The world's leading and most notorious accolade for contemporary art, the Turner Prize, will be presented at London's Towner Eastbourne in 2023. And with the gallery notching up its centenary next year, this marks the centrepiece of its anniversary celebrations.
Those who have been to Towner Eastbourne will know that the gallery is a perfect fit for the Turner Prize. Having won the Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2020, it is well known for its collection of modern and contemporary British art, not to mention its award-winning modernist gallery building. And considering Towner Eastbourne leads a dynamic programme of commissions which promote artists at all stages of their careers, it looks like the Turner Prize has found a natural home.
The timing makes for a good fit for Towner Eastbourne as well. 2023 coincides with Towner 100, the gallery's year-long centenary celebration of arts and culture across Eastbourne. Thanks to the support of Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex County Council, the Turner Prize will help bring transformative cultural experiences to visitors and residents of the popular seaside destination.
As part of its hosting duties, Towner Eastbourne will present the four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize from 28 December 2023 through to 14 January 2024. Meanwhile, the announcement of the overall winner will be made on 5 December 2023.
Followers of the Turner Prize will undoubtedly be aware that the winner of the prestigious art accolade - which aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art - will be awarded £25,000. In the meantime, the other shortlisted artists will also scoop up £10,000 each.
The migration of the Turner Prize to Towner Eastbourne will see it leave its home in Tate Britain, but this isn't the first time it's flown the nest. This year it will be at Tate Liverpool to mark 15 years since it was first held in the city as part of the European Capital of Culture. Previous trips out of London have also seen the Turner Prize presented in Coventry, Margate, Hull and Glasgow.
Joe Hill, director at Towner Eastbourne, said: "We are delighted to announce that Towner Eastbourne will host the 2023 Turner Prize. It will be a very special moment for our communities and Towner and a wonderful centrepiece to our centenary year programme.
"The event will not only allow current and new audiences to experience some of the very best in contemporary art in our brand new galleries, but it will also reignite the visitor economy in East Sussex, with events planned across the county as well as across our own town to coincide with the exhibition. I look forward to welcoming everyone to Towner in 2023 and would also like to thank Tate for this wonderful opportunity."
Meanwhile, Alex Farquharson, director at Tate Britain and chair of the Turner Prize jury, adds: "Towner Eastbourne is one of Britain's most exciting galleries, with a fantastically diverse exhibition programme and world-class collection of modern British and international contemporary art.
"We are absolutely delighted that Turner Prize will take place at Towner in 2023 as part of the gallery's centenary celebrations. It marks the first time the prize has been held in Sussex, an area that has inspired generations of artists.
"Towner's rich history of collecting and exhibiting work by UK artists particularly resonates with Turner Prize's aim to champion the latest developments in contemporary British art. We look forward to seeing how next year's shortlisted artists will transform Towner's newly redeveloped galleries."