The Turner Prize is back in Liverpool and Tate Liverpool is inviting you to get to know each of the four nominees through their Meet the Artist event series. Visitors can join each of the artists in conversation, with a special guest to discuss the themes of their work. The gallery will also be hosting a late-night opening with music, performances, and workshops. All the events will run from 29 October to 26 November, making it an exciting six weeks to get an in-depth insight into this year’s Turner Prize.
For the first in the series, Sin Wai Kin will be joined in conversation with Liverpool drag and visual artist, Dan Chan. Sin Wai Kin brings fantasy to life through storytelling in performance, moving image, writing, and print. On 29 October, the artists will discuss themes of identity and non-binary methodologies in science fiction, drag, and multidisciplinary artistic practice.
On 12 November, the second in the series will see Heather Phillipson introduce a presentation by Professor Steve Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh, on the evolution of mammals across pre-history, in relation to global climate changes – a major theme in her work. Phillipson was nominated for the Turner Prize for her solo exhibition RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach at Tate Britain and her Fourth Plinth commission THE END, and her wide-ranging practice involves collisions of wildly different materials, media and gestures in what she calls “quantum thought experiments”.
For the third in the series, hear from Veronica Ryan who will be joined in conversation with Lewis Dalton Gilbert, co-curator of the Hackney Wick Windrush Artwork Commissions, and current Creative Director of Black-owned creative agency A Vibe Called Tech – working to approach creativity through an intersectional lens. Nominated for her solo exhibition Along a Spectrum at Spike Island and her Windrush Artwork Commission in Hackney, Ryan’s work is a continuous process of adaptation – making and remaking.
In the final talk in the series on 26 November, hear from Ingrid Pollard, who will be joined by Professor Shawn Sobers, Professor of Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice at the University of the West of England, Bristol. They will discuss how Pollard’s work questions our relationship with the natural world and interrogates ideas such as Britishness, race and sexuality.
In addition to the artist talks, Late at Tate returns to the gallery to celebrate the Turner Prize. Visitors will be able to enjoy an evening of free live performances, artist workshops and talks in response to this year’s shortlisted Turner Prize artists. The event will feature collaborations with Homotopia and a range of other exciting partners, all sound tracked by a DJ set from G33 and Hannah Lynch (founding members of Girls Don’t Sync).