Something 'Old', Something New

Posted on 27 Oct 2015 in News, Visual Art, Participation

​It is fairly well known that if you want to be in the running for the Turner Prize, you need to be (a) a British artist and (b) making waves in the world of contemporary visual art. Less well known is that artists can only be nominated if they are under 50. It’s a notable proviso, which may cause raised eyebrows amongst Glasgow’s many artists and art fans – not least, the members of Time for Art, Tramway’s own creative group for ages 55+.

luminate_Sam-Ainsley-This-Land-is-Your-Land-2012-red-on-blue.jpgIn October - the month of Luminate, Scotland’s thriving Creative Ageing Festival – over-50s take centre stage in our Turner Prize public programme.

Every day from 26–29 October, Tramway is offering creative workshops to anyone aged 50 or over. Participants can join any or all sessions, and produce their own work inspired by the Turner Prize shortlist – work which will be exhibited in a dedicated space at Tramway from 30 October.  Costing £3 per ticket, these workshops are part of Luminate, as are two special tours of the Turner Prize exhibition led by older guides, on Thursday 29 October and Sunday 1 November. These tours are free and open to all ages.

Also on 29 October, we host a panel discussion looking at professional practice for ‘older’ artists, featuring Sam Ainsley, ex-head of the influential MFA department at The Glasgow School of Art; previous Turner Prize nominee Christine Borland; award winning independent choreographer and dance-maker Janice Parker; and Neil Murray, Executive Producer, National Theatre of Scotland. The event is appropriately called ‘Post-Turner, Post-50, What Now?’ 

For all those contemplating that very question, remember this: not only did JMW Turner live well beyond his quintegenarian years, he was creating ground-breaking work beyond them.

Image: Sam Ainsley, This Land is Your Land