South Lakeland District Council have welcomed the news that a piece of artwork - that was created in the area - has won this year's Turner Prize.
SLDC’s Director of People and Places, David Sykes, said:
“We are pleased to support Grizedale Arts and we are proud of its role in helping to secure the Turner Prize for Laure Prouvost.
“We would like to congratulate the organisation on this wonderful achievement, which is testament to its commitment to commissioning ambitious and thought-provoking contemporary art.
“It will deservedly boost the national and international profile of Grizedale Arts while also helping to put South Lakeland on the map.”
“We are delighted to hear that Laure Prouvost has won this prestigious prize for a work inspired by and created in South Lakeland.
“It is a fantastic achievement not only for the artist, but also for Grizedale Arts, which does a wonderful job in making art relevant and exciting both for our local communities and a wider audience.”
– Councillor Peter Thornton, leader of South Lakeland District Council, (SLDC)
The jury, chaired by the Director of Tate Britain, Penelope Curtis, said that Prouvost’s work was “unexpectedly moving” and praised its “complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment”.
“Building on personal memory, it [Wantee] weaves together fact, fiction, art history and modern technology.
“Using film in a completely contemporary way, Prouvost takes viewers to an inner world, while making reference to the streaming of images in a post-internet age.”
Dumfries' attempts to become an "art town" have taken a big step forward.
In recent years the town's got a reputation for hosting a number of successful arts events such as the Big Burns Supper, which attracts thousands of people.
Dumfries has now been shortlisted for a Creative Place Award, worth 150 thousand pounds. The winner will be announced in January next year.Organisers say that if they won, it would help make Dumfries one of the main places for arts and festivals in Scotland.