Turner Prize cancelled – bursaries awarded instead
This year’s Turner Prize has been cancelled, with £100,000 in bursaries being given to ten artists instead.
Rather than select a single £25,000 winner the prize judges are selecting ten artists to be awarded £10,000 each based on their contribution to new developments in contemporary art. The shortlist would have been announced in September with the winner awarded the prize in December. IN stead, the ten successful artists will be announced at the end of June.
“The practicalities of organising a Turner Prize exhibition are impossible in the current circumstances, so we have decided to help support even more artists during this exceptionally difficult time” said Tate Britain’s director, Alex Farquharson. “I think JMW Turner, who once planned to leave his fortune to support artists in their hour of need, would approve of our decision. I appreciate visitors will be disappointed that there is no Turner Prize this year, but we can all look forward to it returning in 2021.”
Last year for the first time in its 36-year history the Turner Prize (2019 exhibition pictured) was awarded to all four shortlisted artists.