Gateshead's Baltic gallery hosted the Turner Prize in 2011

DCMS backs plan to take Turner Prize to City of Culture

Gareth Harris, Issue 113/03, p5, 01.03.2013
Tate to show exhibition outside London in 2017
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is backing plans to present the Turner Prize exhibition and award in the next UK City of Culture.

Tate director Nicholas Serota said: “Tate has supported the [City of Culture] initiative by committing to stage the Turner Prize in each of the chosen cities, and therefore looks forward to working with the city that is selected for 2017.”

A DCMS spokesman said the government was keen for the prize to be presented in the City of Culture, but added: “It rather depends on the winning city having an appropriate venue.”

The initiative raises the prospect of the Turner Prize show returning to Scotland if Aberdeen is named City of Culture in 2017. The Tramway in Glasgow is hosting the event in 2015.

Cities compete for the City of Culture title every four years. Derry-Londonderry will host the inaugural festival this year, with the Turner Prize exhibition opening in the Northern Irish city later in 2013.

Bids for the 2017 competition must be received by the DCMS by the end of April. A shortlist is due to be announced in June.