Those who have visited 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. And given that Towner Eastbourne runs a vibrant program of commissions that promote artists at all stages of their careers, it seems the Turner Prize has found a natural home.
The timing also suits Towner Eastbourne. 2023 coincides with Towner 100, the gallery’s year-round celebration of arts and culture in Eastbourne. With support from 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 December 28, 2023 to January 14, 2024. In the meantime, the announcement of the overall winner will be made on December 5, 2023.
Fans of the Turner Prize will no doubt know that the winner of the prestigious art award – which aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art – will receive £25,000. In the meantime, the other shortlisted artists will also win £10,000 each.
Price Turner’s migration to Towner Eastbourne will see him leave his home at Tate Britain, but it’s not the first time he’s flown into the nest. This year it will be at the 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 of Towner Eastbourne, said: “We are delighted to announce that Towner Eastbourne will host the 2023 Turner Prize. It will be a very special time for our communities and Towner and a wonderful centerpiece of our centenary programme.
“The event will not only allow current and new audiences to experience some of the best in contemporary art in our brand new galleries, but it will also kick-start the visitor economy in East Sussex, with events planned across the county as well as in our own city to coincide with the Expo. 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 of Tate Britain and Chairman of the Turner Prize Jury, adds: “Towner Eastbourne is one of Britain’s most exciting galleries, with an incredibly diverse exhibition program and collection class of modern British and international contemporary art.
“We are absolutely delighted that the Turner Prize is taking place in Towner in 2023 as part of the gallery’s centenary celebrations. It is the first time the prize has taken place in Sussex, an area which has inspired generations of artists.
“Towner’s rich history of collecting and exhibiting works by British artists particularly resonates with the Turner Prize’s aim of championing the latest developments in contemporary British art. We look forward to seeing how artists next year’s shortlist will transform Towner’s newly revamped galleries.”