Lookback: Turner Prize 2015

Posted on 13 May 2020 in News, Visual Art

Turner Prize pics for social media.jpgOn 11 May 2015 - 5 whole years ago - the shortlist for Turner Prize 2015 was announced. Opening in September of that year, with the winner announced in December, it was the first time the prestigious award was held in Scotland. It came to Tramway. A record number of visitors came to see exhibitions by the four nominated parties, who were:

Janice Kerbel
Visitors to Tramway's Turner Prize exhibitions could at scheduled times each day hear an operatic work by Janice Kerbel, as six unaccompanied voices gave musical shape to a cycle of catastrophic events that befell the imagined character DOUG, for whom the piece was named. DOUG examines the shifts between text, voice and music, and every performance of the piece was different.

Bonnie Camplin
A study tool as well as an artwork, Bonnie Camplin's Patterns centred around five video interviews of individuals recalling extraordinary experiences such as meeting extraterrestrials. Are they 'crazy'? The installation presented books and printouts seemingly evidencing their experiences described, exploring physics, philosophy, quantum theory and the occult. Camplin said “I find that I’m perfectly open to the possibility ... that they are not mad, rather the situation itself might be quite mad.”

Nicole Wermers
Nicole Wermers' Untitled chair sculptures nod at at that eternal social ritual of putting your coat on your chair to claim a private area in an otherwise public space. The chairs, made from vintage fur coats sewn onto the frames of Marcel Breuer’s 'Cesca' chairs, solidified a temporary gesture into something permanent. They were accompanied by ceramic wall sculptures which imitated the tear-off notices found on public noticeboards, shop windows or phone boxes. These too transformed a fleeting social phenomenon into fixed sculptural form.

WINNERS - Assemble
The winners of the Turner Prize 2015 was Assemble, a London-based collective working across art, architecture and design. 

'Granby Street Workshop' presented a showroom for products developed during their recent housing redevelopment project, undertaken with local residents in Liverpool, which refurbished 10 abandoned houses and several shops. Assemble’s work for the Turner Prize exhibition used the opportunity of their nomination to extend the Granby project, with the aim of bringing small scale manufacturing to the area and providing long-term economic support and training to a community that has a rich tradition of making things.


Our Turner Prize exhibition had been visited by almost 75,000 people when it closed on 17 January 2016.

Images: Keith Hunter