REACT to the Turner Prize

As Derry~Londonderry prepares to host the art prize, art lovers across Northern Ireland are invited to debate contemporary art

Ahead of the opening of Turner Prize 2013 in Derry~Londonderry on October 23, UK City of Culture 2013 and Tate has launched REACT, a campaign to bring Turner Prize 2013 to a new audience and stimulate debate and interest in contemporary art.

Starting in Belfast on Thursday, October 3 the REACT mobile studio will tour Ireland, staffed by a specialist REACT team accompanied by the celebrated portrait photographer Seamus Ryan.

The REACT team will document the reactions of people from all backgrounds to the idea of contemporary art – focusing on the work of Turner Prize nominees past and present – and Ryan's photographs will feature on the Turner Prize 2013 website.

The intention is to inspire a debate that will continue on Twitter (#TurnerPrize), Instagram and other social media platforms, and everyone from amateur bloggers to art lovers and members of the media are welcome to attend the sessions, which run from 11am to 4pm each day.

The REACT mobile studio will visit the Streat Café, University of Ulster, Belfast, on October 3; the Library, Market Street, Armagh on October 4; Enniskillen Castle Museum, Enniskillen, on October 5; the Ulster Museum, Belfast, on October 6; National College of Art and Design, Dublin on October 7; University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Derry~Londonderry on October 8; the Streat Café, University of Ulster, Coleraine on October 9; Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Donegal on October 10.

The culmination of the REACT campaign will be a series of three major Turner Prize debates, taking place at the National Gallery in Dublin, the Ulster Museum in Belfast and at the Turner Prize Education Centre at Ebrington in Derry~Londonderry.

The Turner Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the last year. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.

This year the four nominated artists are Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. The exhibition will be on show in Building 80/81 Ebrington in Derry~Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations from October 23 to January 5. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Derry~Londonderry on December 2.

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of Derry~Londonderry Culture Company 2013, said: 'This is the first time that the Turner Prize has left England and it may be the only time that it visits this island. We hope REACT will get people talking about and engaging with contemporary art, in particular the Turner Prize.'

Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain, added: 'The REACT mobile studio will allow people from all over Ireland to respond to the Turner Prize 2013. We hope it will broaden the reach of the Prize and encourage more people to get a sense of the debates which surround contemporary art.'

Visit the Turner Prize 2013 website for more information on the nominated artists and exhibition, which runs in Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry from October 23 to January 5.