Turner Prize winner announced

Published Monday, 02 December 2013
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French-born artist Laure Prouvost has been awarded the prestigious Turner Prize 2013 at a ceremony in Derry-Londonderry on Monday.

Prouvost was announced as the winner at an awards ceremony at the Ebrington Barracks in the UK's City of Culture by Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan.

This is the first time the competition has been held outside of England.

The London-based artist won the prize for her video installation, Wantee, which is a response to the artist Kurt Schwitters and is viewed in a mocked-up tea party setting.

Accepting the award, she told the audience: "I'm not ready! I didn't expect to win this at all."

Prouvost beat painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, artist David Shrigley and performance artist Tino Sehgal, to claim the £25,000 prize.

The intimate space created as part of her exhibition demonstrates how the arts can transform our relationship with spaces and help us imagine ambitious changes for Derry’s iconic buildings such as the Shirt Factories in the future.

Carál Ní Chuilín

Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a contemporary artist under 50, living, working or born in Britain, who is judged to have put on the best exhibition of the last 12 months.

Prouvost is only the third non-British winner of the Turner Prize.

Previous winners and nominees include Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.

Berlin-based Tino Sehgal, 37, was shortlisted for the accolade for his work 'This Is Exchange' which consists of live "encounters" between interpreters dressed in black T-shirts and the audience.

There are no actual objects or displays on show.

Sehgal's nomination is the first time a live, partially structured exhibition has been included in the Turner Prize shortlist.

Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley's piece Life Model features a larger-than-life naked male robot. Show-goers are encouraged to take part by drawing the model and their efforts are displayed around the gallery.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, who was born in London to Ghanaian parents, is the first black woman to have been in contention for the Turner Prize award.

Her portraits of six imaginary people use invented pre-histories and are aimed at generating questions about how pictures are read in general.

This year's judges were Ralph Rugoff, the director of the Hayward Gallery, London, Declan Long from the National College of Art, Dublin, Annie Fletcher, from the Eindhoven's Van Abbemuseum, and Susanne Gaensheimer from the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt.

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín congratulated Laure Prouvost.

She added: "I want to thank everyone involved in hosting this prestigious exhibition and once again congratulations to Laure Prouvost.

"The Turner Prize has been one of the highlights of the City of Culture 2013, shining a spotlight on the city and home grown visual arts exhibitions and initiatives."

The exhibition continues in Derry until 5 January.

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