Tours, Discussions & Events

Talks and Discussions

Talks and Discussions will look at a variety of themes and issues connected to the Turner Prize exhibiting artists and to contemporary art in general.

All talks and discussions are free.

There is no booking necessary but there are limited places and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Friday 3 January at 5.30pm: The history of the JMW Turner collection at The National Gallery of Ireland

Saturday 4 January 11am-1pm: Family Programme

Sunday 5 January 12noon-3pm: Family Programme (The exhibition closes on Sunday 5 January so this is our last event).



These are short introductions with the aim of giving you an insight into the work of the exhibiting artists before you participate and immerse yourself in the pieces. Your Learning Team facilitator will be on hand to answer questions after your journey.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 3pm

Thursday: 3pm & 5.30pm

Saturday & Sunday: 12.30pm and 3pm

Where : Meet in the foyer of Turner Prize 2013 next to the blackboard

How Much? : FREE. No booking necessary. Places are limited to 20 and are allocated on a first-come first –served basis.

Please note: Parents and caregivers of young children are advised to preview the exhibition to ascertain the suitability of the artwork before taking part.



SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday 9 November, 11.00 – 16.00
Turner Prize 2013, Visual Artists Ireland & The Golden Thread Gallery present:
From Grassroots to Celebrity. Golden Thread Gallery, 84 –94 Great Patrick St, Belfast.
What is art world celebrity? What lies behind the spectacle? Does art need an audience? Are there acknowledged paths from obscurity to celebrity?

Turner Prize 2013, Visual Artists Ireland and The Golden Thread Gallery are jointly hosting ‘From Grassroots to Celebrity’ a free day-long programme of artist led events, including a panel discussion on the subject of arts awards, presented in conjunction with the Turner Prize 2013 exhibition.

‘From Grassroots to Celebrity’ is directed towards, early and mid-career artists and also the general public with an interest in contemporary arts.

‘From Grassroots to Celebrity’ has been devised to draw public attention to contemporary art and the ideas and themes relating to the Turner prize – namely the dynamic between emerging grassroots visual arts activity and the role of high profile events such as the Turner Prize in supporting and promoting contemporary visual art. A key theme running throughout the day is how artist attract notice and develop their profiles.

Programme: 11:20 – 11:30 am
Feargal O’Malley (Northern Ireland Manager, Visual Artist Ireland) and Lynn McGrane (Head of Learning, Turner Prize 2013.)

Curators Tour ‘Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art X’ 11:30am – 12:30pm
Curator Dr Cherie Driver presents a tour of ‘Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art X’ is the tenth installment of Golden Thread Gallery’s Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art Series, a project that forms a significant archive of Northern Irish Art from 1945 to the present.

Over its 20 year history Catalyst has been essential to the artistic infrastructure of Northern Ireland. Past Catalyst members make up the majority of the personnel – artists and organizers – working in the contemporary Visual arts sector in Northern Ireland. Two previous Catalyst director-members have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize – Phil Collins (shortlisted 2006), Susan Phillipz (Winner 2010).

‘VAI Introducing’: Artists-Led Initiatives 12:30pm – 2:15pm
(3 x 15 min presentations followed by 3 x 20 min walking tours)

The Visual Artists Ireland ‘Introducing’ series provides artists with a great opportunity to meet gallery directors, art centre managers and curators in an informal stress free setting.

Feargal O’Malley, Visual Artists Ireland’s Northern Ireland Manager, leads a programme of talks and tours of three of Belfast’s leading artist-led institutions – PS2, Catalyst Arts and Platform Arts – that are widely regarded as Northern Ireland’s ‘gateway venues’ for experimental and emerging artists, to garner attention from larger institutions

Panel Discussion: Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Do art awards make contemporary art more accessible to broader publics? Is it the financial or reputational aspect of awards that’s most useful for artists? What’s in it for the award givers? How exactly are artists selected, nominated and awarded prizes?

This panel discussion takes a timely look at the various meanings and functions that art prizes and awards serve for artists, curators and audiences. Join Jason Oakley (chair), Publications Manager Visual Artists Ireland; Peter Richards, artist, Director of Golden Thread Gallery; Brenda McParland, Independent Curator, Contemporary Art Consultant and former head of exhibitions at the Irish Musuem of Modern Art; Philip Napier, artist, Head of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design Dublin; Hugh Mulholland former director of Ormeau Baths Gallery and currently Curator at The MAC Belfast in their discussion.

The one-day event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Please arrive early.


On the day of the event a free bus will be running from the Turner Prize 2013, Ebrington to Golden Thread Gallery – departing 9.15am and returning from Belfast at the close of the day.

Further information:
Feargal O’Malley, Northern Ireland Manager, Visual Artists Ireland.



Join Alan Armstrong for a fascinating insight into the social and architectural past of the site of Ebrington and discover more about the building’s history from the siege of 1690 through the Crimean, First and Second World wars.

  • When : Sunday 17 November, Sunday 1 December and Sunday 8 December at 2pm
  • Where : Meet at reception, Turner Prize 2013 exhibition.
  • How : No booking necessary. Places are limited to 25 and are allocated on a first come-first –served basis
  • How much : FREE


In Association with The National Gallery of Ireland

To find out more about the National Gallery of Ireland’s Programmes, please go to

The History of The Turner Prize and its Artists

With Professor Declan McGonagle, Director of The National College of Art and Design, Dublin and Special Advisor to The Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry~Londonderry.

  • When: Tuesday 22 October at 10.30am
  • Where: The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

Strong on Wit and Charm: The 2013 Turner Prize nominees

With Lynn McGrane, Head of Learning, The Turner prize 2013.

  • When: Tuesday 29 October at 10.30am
  • Where: The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

The History of the JMW Turner Collection at The National Gallery of Ireland

With Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings, The National Gallery of Ireland.

  • When: Friday 3 January at 5.30pm
  • Where: Building 57-59, Ebrington

In Association with The Irish Museum of Modern Art

IMMA's What Is_? Programme provides an introduction to some of the key concepts and themes in modern and contemporary art focusing on works from IMMA's Collection through talks, booklets and web-based resources. To find out more about this series, please go to: and to download the booklets in this series, please go to:

What Is_Modern and Contemporary Art?

With Francis Halsall and Declan Long

  • When: Friday 8 November at 5.30pm
  • Where: Building 57-59, Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry.

What Is?_Performance Art

With Amanda Coogan

  • Amanda Coogan is one of the leading practitioners of Performance art today. At the centre of her practice is durational live performance where powerful live events are fundamental to her videos and photographs.

  • When: Thursday 14 November at 5.30pm

  • Where: Building 57-59, Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry.

What Is_Participatory and Relational Art?

With Brian Hand, Programme Director of the BA Hons in Art at the Wexford Campus School of Art and Design at Carlow IT.

  • When: Friday 6 December at 4pm
  • Where: Building 57-59, Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry.

Meet The Curators

Meet curator Aileen Burns who will talk about Laure Prouvost’s work.

  • When: Friday 15 November at 4.00pm
  • Where: Meet at reception, the Turner Prize exhibition

Meet curator Johan Lundh who will talk about Tino Sehgal’s work.

  • When: Friday 22 November at 4pm
  • Where: Meet at reception, the Turner Prize exhibition

Meet Curator Maoliosa Boyle who will talk about David Shrigley’s work and about Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s work.

  • When: Friday 29 November at 5.30pm
  • Where: Meet at reception, the Turner Prize exhibition

Turner Prize 2013 and Coniston Institute Youth Club Want Tea/ Wantee collaboration with Laure Provost

30 November. 2pm-5pmpm

In 2013 the Coniston Youth Club assisted Grizedale Arts and artist Laure Provost to make a work of art for Tate. The youth club has had an ongoing engagement with Laure during pottery workshops, making items for Turner Prize 2013 in Derry-Londonderry. Over the summer they have been working on developing the ‘Children’s Restaurant’ project which will be piloted during Turner Prize 2013 show as a ‘Want Tea’ tearoom. The group have also been working to design and hand print tea-towels and the small scale production methods of this process has been developed as a portable printing unit which is being brought to Derry-Londonderry on Saturday 30th November for a special event where the Coniston youth group will run a skills exchange with a local youth group to design and print their own distinctive Derry- Londonderry Tea Towel. Programme: 2pm-3:30pm This is a drop in session but please allow at least 20mins to create a tea towel. Join Grizedale Arts and the Coniston youth club in Building 57-59, Ebrington, for a drop in workshop to design and print a tea towel. This is an ideal family activity where you can work together with simple block and stencil printing techniques to create a design as your memento of Turner Prize 2013.  All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.To book a place, please contact Lynn McGrane, Head of Learning by emailing:  Please join us afterwards for afternoon tea.4pm: Wantee performanceThe ‘Want Tea’ tearoom will be dressed with hand-made functional crockery and the youth waiters/ performers will wear outfits & aprons with hand embroidered motifs. The process of making these items has been an exchange between Laure, sending them her designs and local experts running workshops to teach the youth group the basic craft skill. The youth group has reproduced the hand crafted items and will use them to create a performance in the exhibition space where tea will be served.

Join us to get ready for Christmas to make christmas decorations, christmas cards, gift tags. We will play games, sing and have lots of fun!

on Saturday 21 December 12-4pm and Sunday 22 December 12am-3pm in The Learning Space, Turner Prize 2013.

These workshops are suitable for children (and parents/caregivers) of all ages.

To book a place for your family, please email:

Visual Description Tours

We invite visitors who are visually impaired to join us for a visual description tour of the Turner Prize exhibition.

  • When: Friday 8 November at 4pm and Saturday 7 December at 12 noon.
  • Where: Meet at Reception, the Turner Prize exhibition.
  • How: Please book by phoning +44(0)2871310560 or by emailing:
  • How much: FREE

British Sign Language & Irish Sign Language Interpreted Tours