Turner Prize Exhibition Opens

Ciara Phillips, Workshop (2010-ongoing) Photo: Daniel Brooke, Courtesy the artist and Kendall Koppe, Glasgow

The Turner Prize 2014 exhibition opened at Tate Britain this morning. It showcases the work of what might be the prestigious award’s most idiosyncratic shortlist to date (see “Turner Prize Nominees a Surprise, As Always”).

While well-known in the UK art milieu, Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards, and Tris Vonna-Michell will likely be new discoveries for many of the tens of thousands of people expected to see the exhibition before it closes on January 4, 2015.

The four artists were chosen by a jury chaired by Tate Britain’s director Penelope Curtis, and which includes Stefan Kalmár, Executive Director and Curator, Artists Space, New York; Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island, Bristol; Sarah McCrory, Director, Glasgow International; and Dirk Snauwaert, Artistic Director, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels.

The winner will be announced on December 1 of this year by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who hit the global stage as Solomon Northup in the critically acclaimed feature film 12 Years a Slave (2013), directed by 1999 Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen.

The Turner Prize was inaugurated in 1984 and rewards an artist under 50 for an “outstanding exhibition.” The winner will pocket £25,000. The three remaining shortlisted artists each take home £5,000.

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