Half of the artists on this year’s Turner Prize shortlist studied at UAL, cementing the University’s reputation for producing world-leading creative talent.

Tate Britain announced the four shortlisted artists last month, two of which are UAL alumni Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde. It builds on UAL’s strong association with the Prize, with alumni winning it 15 times in the 30 years since its inception and featuring in 24 shortlists – accounting for over half of all nominees.


Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist, under 50, for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work within the last 12 months.  Promoting debate around new developments in contemporary art, the Turner Prize was named after the innovative and controversial British artist, JMW Turner. The winner receives £25,000, and £5,000 each goes to the other shortlisted artists.

Helen Marten, a graduate of Central Saint Martins in 2004, was nominated for her participation in the International Exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale, called Lunar Nibs, and her solo show “Eucalyptus Let Us In” at the New York gallery Greene Naftali.


Helen Marten. Photo by Juergen Teller/ Tate Britain

Josephine Pryde, who attended Wimbledon College of Arts for her BA in Fine Arts and Central Saint Martins for her Masters in Fine Art, was included in the shortlist for to her exhibition, “Lapses in Thinking By the Person I Am” at San Francisco’s Wattis Institute.


Josephine Pryde. Photo by Dan Mitchell / Tate Britain

The exhibition of shortlisted work will be on show at London’s Tate Britain 27 September – 8 January 2017, with winners announced at an awards ceremony live on the BBC, in December 2016.