Today I went to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (also known as Baltic Mill or “the Baltic”) to view pieces by the nominated artists for the Turner Prize 2011. I learned a few things.

One thing I learned is that it is not one installation that wins the prize. Rather, an artist is nominated for an exhibition made elsewhere, from which representative pieces are displayed in one gallery for us all to see. Another thing I learned is not to read what people write about art.

I most enjoyed George Shaw‘s pieces and his take on his own work given in a video interview displayed at the end of the exhibition. He paints the places he once held dear but have fallen into decline and dereliction – with Humbrol paints. It made me think…