The shortlisted artists for this year’s Turner Prize, announced on Wednesday, will have their work displayed at Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art later this year instead of Tate Britain.
The move is part of a campaign to spread the showing of contemporary art around Britain’s regions.
In future years, Tate Britain will display the shortlisted works every other year, alternating with a prominent regional gallery.
This year’s shortlisted artists are: Karla Black, 38, who creates fragile sculptures using unorthodox materials such as powder paint and sugar paper; Hilary Lloyd, 46, who mounts video projections on chrome columns; George Shaw, 44, a painter who uses model-making enamel paint to depict scenes from his childhood; and Martin Boyce, 43, who uses designs from the past to create atmospheric installations.
Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain, said the exhibition of the work, which opens on October 21, would be “as important, if not more important” than if it were being held in London. “It is time to let the Turner prize travel,” she said.
The winner of the £25,000 prize will be announced at BALTIC on December 5.