Now, we might be a bit tardy talking about this but as summer approaches it gives us a bit of time to research all the goodies to look out for in autumn. Tis of course the season for The Turner Prize and work by the shortlisted four artists will be shown at the beautiful BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. The exhibition opens on Friday 21 October. Okay, that’s ages away..but worth a scribble in the diary. The winner will be announced at BALTIC on December 5.

The shortlisted authors are:
Karla Black – The sculptor is honoured for her solo show at Galerie Capitain Petzel, Berlin, and for contributions to various group exhibitions, which together consolidated her innovative approach to sculpture and displayed her increasingly powerful works made with ephemeral materials.

Martin Boyce – He is on the shortlist for his solo exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, which built upon his project for the 53rd Venice Biennale by holding the viewer within an atmospheric sculptural installation. Boyce’s work combines references to design history and text and is marked by a subtle attention to detail.

Hilary Lloyd – For a solo show at Raven Row, London. The exhibition marked a step-change for the artist in terms of the ambition and scale of her project, which investigates the inter-relation of moving image, sound and sculptural form in the portrayal of the urban environment.

George Shaw – He makes the shortlist for his solo exhibition at BALTIC, Gateshead. Shaw’s paintings depict the area around his childhood home and are rendered exclusively in Humbrol enamel paint. With their deeply personal juxtaposition of subject matter and material, they lie intriguingly on the edge of tradition.