ALL four artists nominated for this year’s Turner Prize will share the award — the first time no single winner has been announced.
Oscar Murillo, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock and Tai Shani were all awarded the prestigious title and will share the £40,000 prize money.
The news was revealed live on TV at the event at Dreamland Margate amusement park in Kent.
It came after the artists wrote a joint letter to the jury asking that the prize be used as a collective statement of “commonality, multiplicity and solidarity” at a time of “political crisis”.
Jurors praised their commitment to the collective power of art, and said the decision was “unanimous”. Jury chairman Alex Farquharson said they had challenged convention and resisted polarised world views.
“it is very much in the spirit of these artists’ work to challenge convention, to resist polarised world views, and to champion other voices.
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“The jury all felt that this made the collective a worthy winner of the Turner Prize.”
The artists’ work has been on display at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate since September 28.
Established in 1984, the prize is named after painter JMW Turner and is awarded to an artist born or based in the UK for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the past twelve months.