The Towner Gallery in Eastbourne will host the Turner Prize in 2023 Brighton News

A SUSSEX gallery has been chosen to host the presentation of one of the world’s most prestigious contemporary art awards.

The Turner Prize is awarded to British artists for outstanding work.

Next year the ceremony will take place at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne as part of its centenary celebrations.

London’s Tate Modern is the Turner’s home, but venues outside the capital are regularly chosen to host the presentation.

Towner Director Joe Hill said, “This will be a very special time for our communities and for Towner, and a wonderful centerpiece of our centennial program.

“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 exhibition.

The Argus: Towner Gallery, EastbourneTowner Gallery, Eastbourne

The award is named after 19th-century artist Joseph Mallord William Turner, who was considered “innovative and controversial” at the time.

The winner takes home £25,000.

Towner has just opened its new contemporary art space on the ground floor and is launching an exhibition showcasing the collection of Lucy Wertheim, who has dedicated her life to helping young artists.

Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain and Chairman of the Turner Prize Jury, said: “Towner Eastbourne is one of Britain’s most exciting galleries, with an incredibly diverse exhibition program and art collection world-class contemporary British and international.

“We are absolutely delighted that the Turner Prize is taking place in Towner in 2023. This is the first time the prize has taken place in Sussex, an area that has inspired generations of artists.”

L'Argus: Towner staff prepare exhibition Lucy WertheimTowner staff prepare Lucy Wertheim exhibition

East Sussex County Council hopes that as well as being a cultural asset, the award will bring economic benefit to the region.

Councilor Rupert Simmons, the council’s senior economics member, said: ‘East Sussex plans to make the most of this unique opportunity, and it will be our chance to show visitors all that our beautiful county has to offer.

“We know that the Turner Prize exhibition is likely to attract many additional visitors and we will put plans in place to encourage them to extend their visit, so that the entire visitor economy benefits from the additional visitors this flagship event will bring.

“We want to give people a warm welcome to come back and visit East Sussex again and again.

“We will also use the Turner Prize exhibit to inspire children and young people, show them what careers are available to them in the cultural sector and encourage residents to be creative.”

The Turner Prize ceremony will take place on December 5, 2023.

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