Art lovers from far and wide will be glued to their television sets tonight, December 2, as the winner of the £25,000 Turner Prize is announced at Ebrington and broadcast live on Channel 4 from 7.30pm.
Lauren Laverne is to host tonight’s live TV coverage from Derry, where artists Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tino Sehgal, Laure Prouvost and David Shrigley will compete for one of the world’s most prestigious art prizes. It’s understood that the winning artist is to be announced by actress Saoirse Ronan at a ceremony in the city.
The Turner nominees have been exhibiting their work in Ebrington’s recently renovated army barracks since late October, where the show will remain until January 5. The exhibition is free to visit.
The annual prize, made famous by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, is notorious for challenging the public’s perceptions about what constitutes art and this year’s nominees certainly got tongues wagging in Derry and beyond. Indeed, many local schools opted not to see one of the works on display at Ebrington - a larger-than-life naked mannequin of a man urinating into a bucket.
Artist David Shrigley, who created the giant nude model, is challenging installation artist Laure Prouvost, painter Lynette Yiadom-Boaky and performance artist Tino Sehgal for the substantial cash prize and the global prestige that accompanies such a win.
The Turner Prize was established in 1984 by London’s Tate Gallery in London in honour of the revered 19th-century artist J. M. W. Turner. The competition is open to any contemporary artist under the age of 50 who is living, working or born in Britain, and is judged on the work they have put on in the last twelve months. The winner takes the largest prize although each of the nominees also gain £5,000 each.
The prize forms one of the final events in Derry’s 2013 celebrations as the first ever UK City of Culture.
Don’t miss the big announcement on Channel 4 at 7.30pm tonight, Monday, December 2.