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Work on Derry by artist Helen Cammock in running for Turner Prize

Works by four artists have been shortlisted for the visual arts prize.

Members of the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent, stand amongst a piece by artist Helen Cammock
Members of the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent, stand amongst a piece by artist Helen Cammock
Figures from a piece by artist Oscar Murillo after it was unveiled as one of four pieces being shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize, at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent.

By Michael Drummond, PA

A piece of art looking at the role of women in the civil rights movement in Derry has been shortlisted for this year's coveted Turner Prize.

English artist Helen Cammock's film “The Long Note” connects the movement with broader issues in Ireland such as class, race and gender, set in the context of the Troubles.

Curator Fiona Parry said: “It’s not an A-Z of what happened in the Troubles it’s a creative response.

“The politics of the film are still certainly felt today.”

This year’s shortlisted art draws influences from around the world, from Colombia to Derry to Syria.

Works by four artists have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize, one of the most eagerly anticipated visual arts prizes in the world.

Another nominee's work features life-size paper mache people which mingled with rail commuters travelling to the Kent coast.

Travellers on a Southeastern service from London to Margate earlier this week were surprised to see that fellow “passengers” were in fact scarecrow-like creations by a renowned artist.

They were being transported to Margate to form part of Oscar Murillo’s multimedia look into the nature of globalism and capitalism.

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Volunteers transport Turner Prize nominee Oscar Murillo’s work, titled collective conscience, onboard a Southeastern train from London St Pancras to Turner Contemporary in Margate

The art went on display on Thursday at Margate’s Turner Contemporary gallery, built on the site of a house JMW Turner used to stay.

Murillo’s paper mache figures are said to represent “a mobile and globalised workforce”, and the hay-stuffed models have links to New Year’s Eve tradition in his homeland of Colombia.

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Figures from a piece by artist Oscar Murillo after it was unveiled as one of four pieces being shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize, at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent.

Ms Parry said: “It shows the darkness of the political moment in the UK and globally [and] the rhetoric around migration.”

Inspiration for the work stemmed from a flight Murillo took from Tel Aviv to Baku, during which he discovered there was a dead body in the hold and the plane had to reroute to avoid flying over Syria.

Also nominated is Beirut-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, renowned for his work using sound effects to explore society as people perceive it.

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A member of the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent, enters a piece by artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan

His shortlisted work features a look at Saydanya, a prison in Syria where inmates suffered torture.

Curator Rowan Geddy said: “[It features] powerful quotes from former detainees about the torture they suffered and how artists use everyday objects to recreate the sounds made there.”

The final shortlisted artist is Tai Shani, whose “DC:Semiramis” feminist science fiction work explores an alternative reality.

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A member of the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent, stands amongst a piece by artist Tai Shani called DC Semiramis

The dark and fantastical worlds visible in her piece are supposed to show a “radical vision” of the future born of an alternative past.

The exhibition will be held from September 28 to January 12 at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

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The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate, Kent

The winner will be announced on 3 December at an award ceremony shown live on the BBC.

Since opening in 2011, Turner Contemporary in Margate has generated more than £70million for the local economy, led to the opening of over 150 new businesses and attracted over 3.3 million visits.

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