Turner Prize dropped anti-LGBT sponsor

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The Turner Prize 2019 will no longer be sponsored by Stagecoach, whose chairman Sir Brian Souter has made numerous anti-LGBT remarks. Stagecoach South East (a subsidiary of the main group) was announced as a sponsor of the event last week, which caused criticism among human rights campaigners. On Thursday (May 2), Turner Contemporary in Margate—which will host this year’s prize exhibition—announced that that they gave rejected the sponsorship by mutual agreement. “The Turner Prize celebrates the creative freedoms of the visual arts community and our wider society. By mutual agreement, we will not proceed with Stagecoach South East’s sponsorship of this year’s prize,” the statement reads. Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain, avoided questions about the sponsorship at a press conference, but he denied that it was a mutual decision, saying that Turner Contemporary Company was solely responsible for it. Artists including former Turner winners had been preparing a letter stating their objecting to Souter’s involvement before the statement was released, The Guardian reported.

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