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Turner Contemporary in Margate has been revealed as the host venue for the Turner Prize 2019. The annual award is one of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world and it seeks to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. Turner Contemporary is the ideal location for 2019, having had a catalytic effect on social and cultural regeneration in Kent since its opening in 2011.

In previous years the Turner Prize has been shown in Liverpool in 2007, Gateshead in 2011, Derry in 2013 and Glasgow in 2015, and it will travel to Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the 2017 UK City of Culture celebrations from 26 September 2017 to 7 January 2018. Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the previous 12 months. The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

Victoria Pomery OBE, Director of Turner Contemporary said: “We are thrilled to host the Turner Prize here at Turner Contemporary in 2019. This is a truly transformative opportunity for Margate to be part of something which invites conversations on an international scale, connecting our audiences to outstanding contemporary art and inspiring future generations of creative talent. It seems even more fitting to host the prize here in Margate on the site where JMW Turner was so inspired. We look forward to working with our existing and new stakeholders and colleagues at Tate on this exciting initiative.”

The Turner Prize 2019 will take place at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

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