Coventry is to play host to the Turner Prize in 2021, as one of a series of events revealed as part of the city’s year as the UK’s City of Culture.
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum will host the Turner Prize exhibition from 29 September 2021 to 12 January 2022, with the announcement of the winner expected on December 1. It is the first time in the history of the Turner Prize that the exhibition and ceremony will be held in the Midlands.
Other highlights will include a major co-commission with the Royal Shakespeare Company and a three-day festival curated by Terry Hall, singer with Coventry music legends The Specials.
The start of the year-long programme of events had been postponed due to the pandemic, but the opening is now set to take place on May 15. Coventry Moves will open the year of culture and aim to create a powerful vision of Coventry’s future.
Chenine Bhathena, creative director of Coventry City of Culture, said: “We are announcing these events today and hope, in these dark times, to give something for people to look forward to – things they can do and enjoy, whatever the future may hold.
“When Coventry is faced by a challenge, we tackle it head on. The resilience and innovation that the city is known for around the world can be seen in the events we announce today.
“From city-wide stories to intimate experiences and small-scale events that will surprise and delight – whatever age you are, whatever brings a smile to your face, whatever makes you feel a little more alive, you will find it in Coventry City of Culture.
“Today’s announcement is only the beginning of what is to come and we look forward to announcing more in January 2021, when will be sharing our full programme, with local artists and organisations central to the celebrations.”
Ms Bhathena added that they are looking to welcome visitors in a “safe, socially distanced way” and show people “what they can do, rather than what they can’t do”.
Martin Sutherland, chief executive of the City of Culture Trust, said it had been working over the summer to “reimagine what a city of culture can be” following the pandemic, and he was “delighted” with what had been done.