Turner Prize

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Turner Prize
Britta Jaschinski / Time Out

Over the years the coveted art prize’s annual exhibition has caused quite a stir amongst both critics and the general public. It’s been criticised for being sexist, politically incorrect, elitist and out of touch. It’s cemented the position of artists including Gilbert & George, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen in the canon of art by crowning each as winners. Lack of sponsorship funds threatened the continuation of the prize in 1990 until Channel 4 stepped in to save the day. And Martin Creed’s winning exhibit in 2001 ‘The lights going on and off’ divided the art-loving nation. Celebrating its thirty-second year, the Turner Prize returns to Tate Britain with four shortlisted artists selected by a jury including ex Art on the Underground curator Tamsin Dillon and The Hepworth Wakefield director Simon Wallis.


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I can’t profess to be much of an art buff so these things are often lost on me. That said, art connoisseur or not, I couldn't help but be wowed by some of these installations. I’m talking a giant bottom, a cloud room, and my personal favourite by Michael Dean: a room full of coppers - a penny less than the poverty line. It's pretty powerful.

Added bonus: if you go this December you will get to see the upside Christmas tree as you walk into the Tate Britain!


Ive been to the Turner Prize on a number of occasions and I have to say - I was not blown away by this years ebntry Most of it seamed like a random selection of artwork and sculpture - with not much emotion or challenge. The last piece on the other hand was one of my favorite pieces of artwork I have seen in a while - http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/turner-prize-2016/about-artists/michael-dean Political, relevant, touching and sincere.  Its worth the £10 just for the final piece.