Turner time again

Turner time again

Channel 4 brings Turner Prize 2011 back to primetime tonight after a number of years when the announcement of the winner has been tucked away in Channel 4 News. Tune in from 8pm onwards to see how they handle the show, and follow the tweet stream with #tp2011. We have a particular interest (a) because of the years when we handled the coverage for the channel, and (b) because we pitched for tonight’s programme but failed to win it. So if you have any thoughts or comments about the programme, so please contribute them in the Comments below. To get into the mood, you can see Channel 4 and Tate’s short films with each of the short-listed artists here, and you can catch up on 4oD here with our More4 programme Vic Reeves’ Turner Prize Moments about the controversy and television coverage over last twenty years (above, Vic with Cornelia Parker); for background on this, see Linda’s blog here – and, again, let us know what you think below.

We need to talk about Tracey

We need to talk about Tracey

Sunday evening sees our new one-hour broadcast documentary with Vic Reeves looking back at the highs and lows of twenty years of the Turner Prize. (Why Vic Reeves? Because he’s quite a serious painter in his spare time.) Frustratingly, despite our presenter being something of a household name, Vic Reeves’ Turner Prize Moments is scheduled at 11.15pm on More4, sandwiched in between two Father Ted repeats. Broadcasters pride themselves on their scheduling skills. Don’t ask me what the logic is. Something to do with art loving Father Ted fans being insomniacs possibly?
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Something for the weekend

Something for the weekend

Now that I’m back online, here are this weekend’s recommended viewing choices. The visual arts event of the week was the opening of the Turner Prize 2011 exhibition at BALTIC, and there are brief interviews with the four short-listed artists on the Channel 4 web site. These are the shorts made by Tate, only one of which (with Tate branding) is so far also available via the gallery’s online channel as Turner Prize 2011 – George Shaw; in this, the artist speaks about his rigorously detailed paintings of a Coventry housing estate (detail above from The age of bullshit, 2010′; courtesy Wilkinson).
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