Paintbrushes and pens ready kids! The Turner Prize is coming to BALTIC


 To celebrate the opening of the
Turner Prize 2011, BALTIC and East Coast Trains have launched a competition asking  school children across the North East to get out their pens, pencils and paints to design their own poster for the Turner Prize 2011 advertising this prestigious contemporary art exhibition. The winner of the competition will have their work displayed at Newcastle’s Central Station this December.

Using information from the Turner Prize School Resource and taking their inspiration from the long history of beautiful railway journey posters, it is hoped  that  children will create a design that is eye-catching, informative and which will stand out to the thousands of travellers who pass through the station every day.

Entries will be divided into two categories: 4 – 11year olds and 11 – 16 year olds. A winner will be chosen for each category and they will receive a goodie bag full of art materials. There will also be one overall winner whose poster will be displayed in Newcastle Central Station from 1 December for an entire month. The winning designs will be chosen by Godfrey Worsdale, Director of BALTIC and a member of The Turner Prize 2011 jury.

Emma Thomas BALTIC’s Head of Learning and Public Engagement says: “Our partnership with East Coast Trains is a brilliant way for BALTIC to reach out to people who are always on the move. The lucky winner’s poster will be seen by hundreds of people everyday so we’re looking for something really eye-catching that will get people talking about the Turner Prize. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the talent of school children in the region.”

Paul Williams East Coast’s Media and Communications Manager says: “We are proud to be working with BALTIC to launch this fantastic poster competition for schools in the North East at a time when the prestigious Turner Prize comes to the region. We are looking for designs that will really grab people’s attention as they use Newcastle station, and we are excited to see what the entrants come up with.”

Designs must be submitted by Friday 11 November 2011 to Lucy Smith, Schools and Colleges Programmer, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA.

All entries need to be in an A4 portrait format and state the name of the child, their age, school, teacher’s name and contact details.

The Turner Prize School Resource can be accessed at:

Further information about the Turner Prize 2011 can be found at:

Turner Prize 2011 is presented in partnership with Tate. The exhibition of the 2011 shortlisted artists Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw will be on show at BALTIC from Friday 21 October 2011 to Sunday 8 January 2012 and the winner will be announced on Monday 5 December 2011.


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