The 2017 Turner Prize will be presented in Hull, with Ferens Art Gallery hosting the exhibition as part of the UK City of Culture programme.
Founded in 1984 to promote discussion of new developments in contemporary British art, the prize was first shown outside London at Tate Liverpool in 2007. It now alternates each year between Tate Britain and other venues in the UK.
Ferens Art Gallery has a permanent collection that includes European Old Masters, portraiture, marine paintings, and modern and contemporary British art. It also presents masterpieces by Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing.
Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, said: “Hull has a strong cultural heritage in the fields of literature, theatre, visual arts and contemporary music. Ferens has supported the Tate’s ARTIST ROOMS displays on three occasions and its young people, in particular, have imaginatively promoted art to new audiences.”
Serota believes alternating between venues around the UK and Tate Britain has given the prize a new dynamic. He said: “It has deepened our relationships with audiences outside London. We are delighted that the prize will be presented in Hull.”
This year’s prize will be presented in Scotland for the first time with the exhibition opening at Tramway, Glasgow, on 1 October. The prize has formerly been hosted by BALTIC in Gateshead (2011) and by Derry-Londonderry (2013).
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