1 May 2012

Turner Prize shortlist announced

The four artists competing for this year’s Turner Prize have been announced by Tate Britain, showcasing sculpture, film and technical drawing for the British art world’s most famous award.

Turner Prize shortlist announced

Spartacus Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Paul Noble and Elizabeth Price are in the running for this year’s prize.

The nominated artists explore history, consumerism, social and cultural spaces and performance through techincal drawings, film installations, and mixed media of imagery, texts and music.

Channel 4 News Culture Editor Matthew Cain says in his blog: “Some of the work this year might seem more intellectually challenging than usual. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t also fun.” Read more.

The work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at Tate Britain opening on 2 October, and will be announced at the gallery on 3 December. The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

This year’s jury are: Andrew Hunt, director of Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, Heike Munder, director of Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Michael Stanley, director of Modern Art Oxford, Mark Sladen, director of Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, and Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain.

Spartacus Chetwynd
On the success of her solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ in London, Spartacus Chetwynd creates sculptural installations using handmade costumes and sets. She creates carnivalesque performances which confuse the boundary between performer and spectator, in an atmosphere of joyful improvisation.

Luke Fowler
His solo exhibition at Inverleith House, Edinburgh, showcased his new film exploring the life and work of Scottish psychiatrist, RD Laing. Evoking a particular era, his film aims to reveal how the relationship between individuals and society changes in time, by intervweaving new material with old footage.

Elizabeth Price
Nominated for her exhibition at BALTIC, Centre, Gateshead, Elizabeth Price reanimates archives of imagery, texts and music to explore our relationship to objects and consumer culture. Her films guide the viewer through immersive virtual spaces, derived from the cultural debris of the material world.

Paul Noble
Nominated for his solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London, Paul Noble brought together painstakingly detailed drawings of the fictional metropolis Nobson Newtown. The work reveals a dark, satirical narrative, running throughout the precise, techincal drawings.