The Turner Prize is one of the best-known prizes for the visual arts in the world and aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.  Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. In 2019 it will be presented at Turner Contemporary in Margate from 28 September 2019 until 12 January 2020.

Four of the most exciting artists working right now will be shortlisted to win the prize based on an outstanding exhibition that has taken place in the previous year.  The names of these artists will be announced next Spring. The winner will be announced at a major awards ceremony in Margate in December 2019.

The Turner Prize, like Turner Contemporary, is named after one of Britain's best painters J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), being inspired by the artist's innovative and radical approach to art.

Since opening in 2011, Turner Contemporary has had a catalytic effect on social and cultural regeneration in Kent, and has established an international reputation.

Prior to the Turner Prize, Turner Contemporary will be hosting the following:

A place that exists only in moonlight: Katie Paterson & JMW Turner - 26 January to 6 May

This will be the largest UK exhibition of Scottish artist Katie Paterson to date, paired with a group of works by JMW Turner.

This exhibition will include the majority of Paterson's existing works, which explore our relationship as humans with the vastness and wonder of the universe; our desire to see the unseeable, to know the unknowable.

Like Paterson, JMW Turner was fascinated by the sublime wonder of nature, capturing the changing and atmospheric qualities of light, air and weather in his paintings, while also being deeply curious about science and the physical world. Paterson has selected a group of over 20 Turner watercolours and paintings to be interspersed with her works.

Seaside: Photographed - 25 May to 8 September

This will be Turner Contemporary's first photography exhibition, curated by Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson.  This major exhibition will examine the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present.  As well as featuring the work of eminent photographers, the curators have uncovered rich and sometimes unknown work from across photography's history.

Seaside: Photographed looks at the way that the British seaside has become a vivid background to the drama of everyday life, seen through the acute, critical and engaged visions of 70 photographers from the UK, USA and Europe.

The exhibition will include the work of eminent photographers Vanley Burke, Susan Hiller, Jane Bown, Anna Fox, Henri Cartier Bresson and Paul Nash, as well as sometimes unknown work from across photography's history by Raymond Lawson, Hannah Blackmore and Henry Idden.

Following the exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Seaside: Photographed will tour across the UK.