Whatever your view of contemporary art there is no doubt that the Turner Prize exhibition at the Baltic Mill, South Shore Road, Gateshead on Tyneside will be a boost for the economy in the North East.
The four shortlisted artists Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hillary Lloyd and George Shaw, will discover if they’ve won the £25,000 prize on 5 December. But the real winners are the Baltic Mill and the Tyneside economy.
More than 3,000 attended the opening events and thanks to media coverage there will be plenty more visitors, directly benefiting local transport, hotels, restaurants and other venues before the exhibition closes on 8 January.
It’s only the second time that the Turner Prize has ventured outside of London. The first was in 2007 when it went to the Tate in Liverpool. It’s location for 2011 on the banks of the River Tyne is inspired.
It was a wonderful experience to attend the exhibition but I’ll leave you to more cultured minds than mine for a critical appraisal. I’d recommend you read reviews by The Guardian’s Adrian Searle and What’s On North East’s Matt Reilly.