Turner Prize Taxi Drivers take over TV

tate-taxis.jpgWe took a trip in one of these taxis on the opening day of the Turner Prize, hope they don’t show me saying a load of nonsense (as usual).

Capital of Culture cabbies will be taking over TV on Saturday 1 December 2007, when a special one-off programme on More4 explores The Taxi Project that has been taking place at Tate Liverpool, to coincide with The Turner Prize.
Two drivers of Liverpool hackney cabs, armed with an invigorated knowledge of art and a thirst for questioning the meaning of contemporary art, have been on the road with cameras installed in their cabs to spark-up conversations about the 2007 Turner Prize with the people of the city.

The experiences of the drivers, Brian Bretherton and Stan Hicklin, and snippets of their conversations with passengers will be broadcast on More4 on Saturday 1 December at 20.30.

Since June 2007, Tate Liverpool has been working closely with taxi drivers from across Merseyside on The Taxi Project. Drivers participated in ten weekly discussion sessions in the gallery, engaging in heated debate on modern and contemporary works in the Tate Collection. They also looked at the history of the Turner Prize and the controversy it generates. The course has encouraged the drivers to converse with their passengers about art, the Turner Prize and Liverpool’s year as Capital of Culture in 2008. Stan and Brian’s cabs have had special video equipment fitted, and footage of their conversations is being shown at Tate Liverpool inside a fully working hackney cab, alongside the work of the internationally-renowned nominees. These discussions offer a snap shot of opinion and feeling in the city about the Prize, and about art and life in general as European Capital of Culture 2008 approaches. The Taxi Project was made possible by the support of Metquarter and Arts & Business.

Filming in the cabs will continue until the Turner Prize 2007 winner is announced on 3 December 2007 at Tate Liverpool.

Speaking as part of the TV programme, taxi driver Brian Bretherton said:

“Modern art, like going to the shops, like going to a football match, like going to work, like cutting a hedge, painting your windows, it’s just another part of life. Life is a journey from birth to death and you fill in that journey with things that interest you – that please you. It depends on how you were brought up and how you developed as a person and for the great majority of not only Liverpool, but the world, art has just got to take its place where it belongs.