Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Baltic Is the Big Winner as Prize Goes to Boyce

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Baltic Is the Big Winner as Prize Goes to Boyce

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Byline: David Whetstone

SCOTTISH artist Martin Boyce was declared winner of the Turner Prize last night live on Channel 4 - but perhaps the real winner was Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Sir Nicolas Serota, director of Tate and instigator of the Turner Prize, said more than 120,000 people had already seen the exhibition, featuring work by the four shortlisted artists, in Gateshead.

He said the Turner Prize was a national competition and it was right that it should be seen nationally and not just in London.

It had been a pleasure to work with a Baltic team under its director, Godfrey Worsdale. The Turner Prize, the country's most prestigious and controversial prize for contemporary art, was held annually at Tate Britain until it ventured out of the capital to Tate Liverpool in 2007 as a prelude to that year's Capital of Culture year. But this year was the first time the competition had been held outside the capital and in a non-Tate venue.

Sir Nicholas said: "I think the fact it has been such a success in Gateshead is an indication of the success of Baltic itself. It is an indication of what has been achieved here."

He said the thinking now was that the Turner Prize would be staged outside London every alternate year. In 2013 it will be held in Derry, Northern Ireland, to mark its year as UK City of Culture.

Along with the winner, the shortlisted artists this year were Karla Black, George Shaw and Newcastle Polytechnic graduate Hilary Lloyd.

Godfrey Worsdale, director of Baltic and one of the judges, said it had been "incredibly hard" to choose a winner.

"There's a very, very high quality of artist in this exhibition displaying a huge diversity of style and approach to art. It was really chalk and cheese.

"But we met this morning and by maybe 1. …

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