Belfast Telegraph

Monday 30 March 2015

The shortlist for Derry’s Turner Prize announced

The Turner Prize organisers have announced the shortlist of artists who will be showcasing their work in Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

The diverse group of four artists includes David Shrigley, who was commissioned by Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s office to create an artwork for Derry.

Shrigley’s Small City Becomes Huge was unveiled recently outside the Guildhall in London before being transported to the Guildhall in Derry.

The other artists are film-maker Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, who used live people in his work, and painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Culture Company executive programmer Graeme Farrow was at The Tate in London yesterday to hear the shortlist announced in person.

Speaking from London, he told the Telegraph everyone was delighted with the four artists selected from a list of 24.

“We are really, really delighted with the shortlist. In Turner Prize terms they are quite accessible artists. It is really quite a warm-hearted, human, and in some senses humorous and very diverse selection,” he said.

“This will really put Derry on the world stage. When the Turner Prize happens in London the whole city is talking about it. When it happens somewhere as small as Derry, it will create a special kind of magic.”

The Turner Prize award, established in 1984, is worth £40,000, with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

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