Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Turner Prize 2014: Duncan Campbell wins £25,000 award..........

Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell has been named this year’s winner of the Turner Prize for a series of films called It For Others.

The artist was presented the £25,000 prize by 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor during a ceremony at Tate Britain in central London.
His work, which takes in African art and iconic images from the Troubles in Northern Ireland, was described as "topical and compelling" by a panel of judges.

Turner Prize 2014: a still from the film It for Others 

He was firm favourite to win as soon as the shortlist was announced, with The Guardian's Laura Cumming calling him "the only obvious winner" and the Daily Telegraph's Richard Dorment saying he was "the real thing as an artist".

Campbell's win cements the domination of The Glasgow School of Art over the UK's contemporary arts scene and will be a further boost to its reputation in a year which it was rocked by a fire that tore through its historic Mackintosh building.
The blaze engulfed the Grade A-listed building, leading to the loss of about a tenth of the structure and a third of its contents, causing shock around the city and the arts world.
He is the fourth graduate from the school's Master of Fine Art Programme to win the prize in the last 10 years.

The school's director Professor Tom Inns said: "The Glasgow School of Art warmly congratulates Duncan Campbell on winning the Turner Prize.

"This is a great accolade both for Duncan and for the Glasgow School of Art. Duncan becomes our fifth winner of this prestigious award since 1996 and the fourth graduate of our Master of Fine Art programme to win since 2005."

"Duncan and all the previous GSA winners and shortlisted artists are a great inspiration to the current generation of students and the wider visual art community here in Glasgow."
The Turner Prize has a reputation for controversy. Previous winners have included Martin Creed's installation featuring a light going on and off and Grayson Perry's pots tackling subjects like death and child abuse.