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Turner Prize 2012 – shortlist announced

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Turner Prize 2012 – shortlist announced

About the Turner Prize

Set up in 1984, the Turner Prize is an award that celebrates new developments in contemporary art. It is awarded each year to a British artist under the age of 50, who has made an outstanding contribution in the last year. The winner is awarded a prize fund of £25,000, and gains considerable international prestige and attention.

The four shortlisted artists, selected by an independent jury, present their work at an annual exhibition at Tate Britain, before the winner is announced in December.

The Turner Prize invariably provokes debate and controversy about contemporary art. The roll-call of previous winners is undoubtedly impressive: past winners include Howard Hodgkin, Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Gillian Wearing and Grayson Perry.

The current holder of the Turner Prize, announced in December 2011, is Martin Boyce, whose winning entry features artificial trees and a leaning litter bin.

Shortlist announced

By Kirstie Beaven

The four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize this year were announced at the Tate Britain.

They are Spartacus Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Paul Noble andElizabeth Price.

Each year the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under fifty. Artists are nominated for an exhibition (or other presentation of their work) that took place in the preceding year. While the four shortlisted artists display their work at a Turner Prize exhibition, the jury award the prize for the originally nominated presentation.

This year the artists have been nominated for these exhibitions:

Spartacus Chetwynd
For her solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, London, Odd Man Out
Chetwynd draws upon historical and cultural histories to create carnivalesque performances and sculptural installations, involving handmade costumes and sets. Chetwynd’s work blurs the boundary between performer and spectator, creating an atmosphere of joyful improvisation.


Spartacus Chetwynd Odd Man Out, Sadie Coles, London, 05 May – 04 June 2011, inaugural performance 05 May.
Spartacus Chetwynd,Odd Man Out, Sadie Coles, London, 05 May – 04 June 2011, inaugural performance 05 May.© Spartacus Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Luke Fowler
For his solo exhibition at Inverleith House, Edinburgh
Fowler interweaves found footage with his own material, creating immersive films that evoke the atmosphere of a particular era. His work reveals how the relationship between individuals and society changes through time


Luke Fowler All Divided Selves, 2011
Luke Fowler, All Divided Selves, 2011Courtesy of the artist, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

Paul Noble
For his solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London, Welcome to Nobson
Noble undercuts his painstakingly detailed and engrossing drawings of fictional metropolis Nobson Newtown with a dark satirical narrative which unfolds in the micro-cosmos of the monumental works.



Paul Noble, Public Toilet, 1999© Paul Noble / Gagosian, London

Elizabeth Price
For her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, HERE
Price reanimates existing archives, using imagery, texts and music to explore our complex relationship to consumer culture. Her carefully sequenced films guide us through immersive virtual spaces, derived from the debris of the material world.


Elizabeth Price User Group Disco, 2009
Elizabeth Price, User Group Disco, 2009© Elizabeth Price, courtesy MOTInternational, London

Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at Tate Britain opening on 2 October 2012. The winner will be announced at Tate Britain December 2012 during a live broadcast by Channel 4.

The members of the Turner Prize 2012 jury are:

  • Andrew Hunt, Director, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea
  • Heike Munder, Director, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
  • Michael Stanley, Director, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
  • Mark Sladen, Director, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
  • Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain

Extracted from the Tate published in May 2012

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