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Belfast Art College old boy Duncan Campbell wins Turner Prize

By Robert Dex

Belfast Art College graduate Duncan Campbell - hailed for his films about controversial figures such as civil rights activist Bernadette Devlin and car manufacturer John DeLorean - has won this year's Turner Prize.

The judges said his work, entitled It For Others, blending iconic images from the Troubles in Northern Ireland with African art, was "topical and compelling".

The prizewinning work included footage of what appears to be a republican funeral from the Troubles, and Campbell also used a famous photograph of Official IRA gunman Joe McCann in his exhibit. Markets man McCann was killed, aged 24, after a confrontation with security forces in 1972.

Dubliner Campbell was favourite to win the prize as soon as the shortlist was announced, with The Guardian's Laura Cumming calling him "the only obvious winner" and the Daily Telegraph's Richard Dorment saying he was "the real thing as an artist".

Professor Ian Montgomery, Dean of the University of Ulster's Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment, said Campell had carved out a niche role as one of the world's most talented and respected documentary makers.

"His artistic vision and skill as a storyteller captures audiences and sets him apart from his peers. Winning the Turner Prize is an exceptional achievement and Duncan's success can only serve to be an inspiration to Ulster University's recent graduates and current students who seek to carve out their own careers in the arts," he said.

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