Get your eye on the travelling Turner Prize

George Street shoppers and locals in Leith will be in for a Turner surprise this week when an art gallery in a bus stops off in Edinburgh.

Travelling Gallery
Travelling Gallery

The Travelling Gallery is on a tour of Scotland, showcasing Turner Prize art ahead of the hotly-anticipated announcement of this year's winner. The Turner Prize 2015 will take place in Scotland for the first time on 7 December.

The mobile gallery's specially commissioned EYES ON THE PRIZE exhibition, which features past winners and nominees including David Shrigley, Callum Innes and Lucy Skaer, travels to George Street today (26 August) before moving to Leith's Custom House (Thursday 27 August) and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Friday 28 August).

In Leith, Custom House will host a free Leithlate artist talk with Mike Inglis who has designed the exterior of the bus (pictured). 

Councillor Richard Lewis, the City of Edinburgh Council's Culture and Sport Convener, said: "The fact the Turner Prize will be held in Scotland for the first time this year is hugely exciting. A visit to the Travelling Gallery's free exhibition of Turner Prize winners and nominees is a reminder of the sheer level of artistic talent that we have in this country. The Travelling Gallery brings the art to you and it won't be in town for long; go and see it in Edinburgh this week."

Travelling Gallery Curator Alison Chisholm added: "We have a great line-up of some of the most successful contemporary artists to come from Scotland in this exhibition and we are really looking forward to taking it on tour."

The gallery is supported by Creative Scotland, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the City of Edinburgh Council, and the new design has been funded by The Friends of the City Art Centre and V&A Dundee. 

EYES ON THE PRIZE will tour the following areas during the Edinburgh Art Festival:

25 August Collective Gallery on Calton Hill 11am-6pm
26 August George Street 11am-5pm
27 August Custom House in Leith 12am-6pm (LeithLate talk with artist Mike Inglis at 5pm)
28 August Modern 2, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 10am-6pm

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