Now, I’m not quite sure how to approach this subject without making any enemies.
Each year, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under the age of fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding. The prize fund is £40,000 and is divided between the shortlisted artists with £25,000 going to the winner and £5.000 going to the other three artists. Previous winners have included Gilbert and George, Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley, the creator of our very own Angel of the North.
This year, for the first time in a non-Tate venue outside of London, the Turner Prize was held at The BALTIC on the quayside in Gateshead which I visited yesterday. I’m going to take a diplomatic stance on this one and say that the most impressive thing in there was the view across the Tyne which I have witnessed many times before. After reading the comments wall within the BALTIC, I’m certainly not the only one who wasn’t particularly impressed by the art on show. Maybe I just don’t ‘get it’. Anyway, I’m sure there are many of you with differing opinions and I suppose that’s what art is all about. It gets us talking and forming opinions. Unfortunately I’m of the opinion that that’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back :(.