Derry~Londonderry and Turner

Derry~Londonderry has played its part in the Turner Prize’s development over the past three decades.

Declan McGonagle, an Irish artist, art curator and academic, was nominated in 1987 for his running of a local gallery, the Orchard. He also sat on the 1993 jury.

It was thanks to McGonagle, one of the champions of the 2013 bid and now director of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, that Derry~Londonderry hosted one of Antony Gormley’s first public art projects, a set of sculptures installed on the city walls.

In both 1994 and 2003 local artist Willie Doherty, who works in installation, photography and film, was nominated for Re-Run, a silent video that featured a businessman running across a bridge. To coincide with the Turner Prize 2013 exhibition a selection of Doherty’s photographs and videos made on the streets of Derry~Londonderry and its surrounding hinterland, are on show at the City Factory Gallery from September 27 2013 – January 4 2014.