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Artists up for Turner Prize named

An artist whose work has featur ed erotic images with the explicit details sandpapered away and another who narrates slideshows are up for this year's Turner Prize.

The annual award, the UK's best known art prize, also includes a screen printer who has used her work to highlight the plight of poorly paid cleaners and a film-maker whose subjects have included the car manufacturer John DeLorean.

The main £25,000 winner from the four-strong shortlist will be announced on December 1 at a ceremony to be staged at Tate Britain in London. The venue will also house an exhibition of works by the nominees later this year.

James Richards, the youngest artist on the list at the age of just 30, is nominated for his work exhibited at the Venice Biennale. It included the film Rosebud where he took shots of censored books in a Tokyo library in which raunchy photos had been doctored to remove any close-up details.

Tris Vonna-Michell, 31, is noted for his semi-improvised presentations, often using slide projections, for a pre-arranged period, with an egg-timer to let him know when he has reached his limit.

Screen-printer Ciara Phillips, 37, often transforms her exhibition spaces into workshops and sometimes works with community groups, which have included Justice For Domestic Workers, creating banners and posters.

Film-maker Duncan Campbell has been nominated for his presentation It For Others featuring archive material as well as new footage, including a new dance work by choreographer Michael Clark.

Penelope Curtis, the director of Tate Britain and chair of the jury, said: "The four shortlisted artists share a strong international presence and an ability to adapt, restage and reinterpret their own and others' works, very often working in a collaborative social contexts."

In addition to the main prize, there are three prizes of £5,000 for the other nominees.

The Turner celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is awarded to a British or British-based artist under fifty for outstanding work in the previous 12 months.

It aims to promote public discussion in contemporary art, and was won last year by French artist Laure Prouvost for her video installation set in a mocked up tea party.

The Turner Prize 2014 exhibition will be staged from September 30 to January 4, and the awards ceremony will be broadcast live by Channel 4.


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