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Saturday 30 August 2014

Turner Prize 2013: Laure Prouvost revealed as winner of prestigious art prize in Derry

Laure Prouvost after she is announced as the winner of this years Turner Prize at the Venue in Londonderry
Laure Prouvost after she is announced as the winner of this years Turner Prize at the Venue in Londonderry
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (left) carries Laure Prouvost's baby, Celeste, to the stage after announcing her as the winner of this years Turner Prize at the Venue in Londonderry
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (left) carries Laure Prouvost's baby, Celeste, to the stage after announcing her as the winner of this years Turner Prize at the Venue in Londonderry
Part of Laure Prouvost's, Wantee,  which is one of the exhibits nominated for this years £25,000 Turner Prize taking place at Ebrington in Derry~Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 22.10.13
Part of Laure Prouvost's, Wantee, which is one of the exhibits nominated for this years £25,000 Turner Prize taking place at Ebrington in Derry~Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 22.10.13

Laure Prouvost has been named as the winner of this year's Turner Prize in Londonderry.

The French-born woman's video installation was a short film, Wantee, took the prize, and is viewed in a mocked-up tea party setting.

The winner was unveiled during a live televised broadcast by Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, from Derry's Ebrington Square.

Nominees have had their works on display since October, with free public entry to the four finalists.

The Turner Prize has travelled outside England for the first time and will continue to be on show until January 5.

 

OTHER NOMINEES

 

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Ghanaian Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is the first black woman to be 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.

David Shrigley

The bookies' favourite to win was Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley, whose piece Life Model features a larger-than-life and disproportionate naked male robot.

Tino Sehgal

One of the best-known artists in the running for the £25,000 prize money is Berlin-based Tino Sehgal, 37, whose work This Is Exchange consists of live "encounters" between interpreters dressed in black T-shirts and the audience.

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

 

BACKGROUND

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.

Previous winners include Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin and short-listed nominees receive £5,000 prize money.

The exhibition for the prize, which has travelled outside England for the first time, will be staged in Ebrington Army barracks, a former military barracks, in the city until January 5.

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.

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