Turner Prize draws record numbers south to Tramway

Assemble, winners of the 2015 Turner Prize at Tramway
Assemble, winners of the 2015 Turner Prize at Tramway

The 2015 Turner Prize helped southside attraction Tramway break its record number of visitors, it was revealed today.

The exhibition, featuring work by four shortlisted artists, opened on October 1 and closed on January 17.

The Pollokshields venue says almost 75,000 people passed through its doors for a peak at the work — and with engagement activities going on across the city, some 90,000 either visited or took part in the Turner Prize’s first outing to Glasgow.

Judith Nesbitt, director of national and international programmes at the Tate, said: “We were delighted to work with colleagues at Tramway to present the Turner Prize 2015 in Scotland for the first time.

“The city of Glasgow has nurtured artists who have had a profound impact on contemporary art in Britain and internationally, and it has proved to be a natural home for the Turner Prize.

“The enthusiastic response and the number of visitors demonstrates the continuing public appetite to see and discuss contemporary art.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, added: “Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse and the response to hosting the Turner Prize has been phenomenal.

“The city is a global leader in creating, producing and presenting contemporary visual art and I want to thank the shortlisted artists, Tate and our partners for their efforts in attracting record attendances to Tramway.

“I am particularly pleased that so many people, particularly young people, took part in our education and engagement programmes and I have no doubt that will help to inspire the next generation of creative professionals.”

Glasgow visitors were treated to work by Assemble, Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers.

The ceremony on December 6, broadcast by Channel 4, saw Assemble take the £25,000 prize for their work on the Granby Four Streets project in Liverpool.