A must see - even if you don’t ‘do’ art

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If the purpose of art is to fuel discourse then there is no doubt that within seconds of the doors opening at Ebrington this week, the Turner Prize Exhbition was a success, writes Claire Allan.

There is no doubt that there is much to talk about from the four installations on offer from some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world.

And those discussions should not be just the domain of art students, critics and culture buffs.

With a limited knowledge of the art world, I was nervous that I might feel hopelessly out of my depth at Ebrington.

But the humourous, tongue in cheek and participatory nature of David Shrigley’s Life Model installation (in Gallery One) immediately relaxed and engaged me.

Laura Prouvost’s dreamy Wantee is eccentric, yes, but deeply intriguing.

I longed to find out more and explore her quirky mad-hatter-esque tea party setting more with her inspired pottery.

There is a raw energy in Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings.

The most traditional of all the installations, Boakye’s work evoked a strong emotional reaction from me and I longed to reach out and touch the textured oil painted canvasses.

Only one installation got the better of me - Tino Seghal’s This is exchange just didn’t work for me.

It fell flat and despite the promise of £2 to engage in a conversation on the market economy, it all felt a little contrived and awkward.

For what its worth, my money is on Boakye.