WHEN it comes to contemporary art, the Dear Green Place is in a purple patch.
It should therefore come as no surprise that three Glasgow-trained artists are on this year's shortlist for the Turner Prize. Duncan Campbell and Ciara Phillips, who live and work in Glasgow, as well as Tris Vonna-Michell, all attended Glasgow School of Art and are in the running for the £25,000 prize, as is London-based James Richards.
If Campbell, Phillips or Vonna-Mitchell win, they will be the seventh artist with Scottish links to take the prize since 1996. And between 2009 and 2011 there was a hat-trick of wins for artists connected to Glasgow: Richard Wright in 2009, Susan Philipsz in 2010 and Martin Boyce in 2011. Last year David Shrigley, who trained and lives in Glasgow, was shortlisted, and many other Scottish artists, including Karla Black, Cathy Wilkes and Luke Fowler, have previously been shortlisted.
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This year, Generation, a nationwide show organised by the National Galleries of Scotland, will celebrate the Glasgow scene on a grand scale, and next year the Turner ceremony will be held at the Tramway. To borrow a phrase from another discipline, modern art is coming home.