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Londonderry to host 2013 Turner Prize

26th November 2010

The Turner Prize will be hosted in Northern Ireland for the first time, when it makes Londonderry its home in 2013.

A three-month-long exhibition from the shortlisted artists and the ceremony naming the winner will take place in Londonderry, during the year that it assumes its UK City of Culture title.

Londonderry has a strong standing in the contemporary art world, being home to artists such as Willie Doherty, who has been nominated for the Turner Prize in the past, and hosting a number of shows including one of Antony Gormley's first public art projects.

The Tate, which organises the Turner Prize, said that hosting the award outside of London will 'attract new audiences around the country and bring the prize to a wider and more diverse audience outside the capital'.

It is thought that between 70,000 and 90,000 people could visit Londonderry, also known as Derry, during the time the prestigious contemporary art prize is being held.

This year, Dexter Dalwood, Angela de la Cruz, Susan Philipsz and the Otolith Group are the shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize.
 

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