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Helen Marten lands Turner Prize with coins, eggs and cotton buds

By Francesca Gosling

The artist Helen Marten has scooped a £25,000 jackpot after she was named winner of the 2016 Turner Prize.

In a presentation, broadcast live by the BBC at London's Tate Britain last night, she was praised for her "exceptional contribution to contemporary visual art".

The jury described her portfolio of work, including Lunar Nibs, which was featured at the 56th Venice Biennale, and Eucalyptus Let Us In, her solo exhibition at Greene Naftali in New York, as "outstanding for its extraordinary range of materials and form".

A spokeswoman for Tate Britain, which hosts the competition, added that the jury "admire the work's poetic and enigmatic qualities which reflect the complexities and challenges of being in the world today".

The London-based artist's installation for the Turner Prize piece was divided into three sections, using handmade and found objects from daily life, including coins, cotton buds, shoe soles and eggs, as well as more unusual materials, such as snakeskin, to create a playful collage.

Other shortlisted artists Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton and Josephine Pryde each received £5,000 for the work, which will be exhibited at Tate Britain until January 2, 2017.

Born in Macclesfield in 1985, London-based Marten has studied in some of the country's most prestigious institutions, including the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, the University of Oxford, and Central Saint Martins.

But the success of her work has stretched around the globe, with pieces and exhibitions featured in Norway, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Miami and New York.

The £25,000 jackpot she received for her Turner Prize installation on Monday will add to the £30,000 she scooped last month for winning the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.

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