Gentle/Radical have been nominated for this year’s Turner Prize. This year, for the first time in the prize’s history, the nominations are made up entirely of collectives, five in all, to include Gentle/Radical.
For an organisation such as ours, which has consciously chosen to displace itself from art world spaces and systems, this nomination throws up both questions and possibilities – for how we navigate, make use of and, where necessary, speak truthfully to those contexts where art and capital, meet.
Of our nomination, the selection panel for the Prize mentioned that they “admired [our] deep commitment to the hyper-local community of Riverside in which [we] are based.” Nominated in part for that hyper-local commitment, to include initiatives such as our ongoing Doorstep Revolution project and our 16 year strong community Film Club, we are thinking hard about what it means, in this incredibly short time, to produce work that reflects our values, our ethos, and our commitment to slow work at community levels. Whatever we produce, and no matter the outcome of this prize, we continue on a journey underpinned by our commitment to the neighbourhood in which we live, to Wales, and to the project of centring justice within cultural formations. We want to keep speaking to the things we most keenly value – healing, equity, and the living experience (and sometimes messy) process of communality building, as a strategy for dismantling systemic oppression.
The 2021 Turner Prize exhibition will take place at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, as part of the city’s UK City of Culture celebrations in partnership with Tate Britain. The exhibition will run from 29th September 2021 to 12th January 2022, with the announcement of the winner on 1st December 2021. We hope we might see some of you there during this period of time.