Helen Marten, UAL alumna, was announced as winner of the Turner Prize 2016 at Tate Britain on Monday 5 December 2016. Broadcast live by the BBC, Helen Marten’s acceptance speech gave an impassioned plea for arts education and support for “diversity and exuberance which is the community lifeblood of artists”. This was exemplified by her pledge to split the £25,000 prize money with the other three nominees – two of which are UAL alumni Josephine Pryde and Anthea Hamilton.
Marten, a graduate of Central Saint Martins in 2004, won the Prize after being 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. This follows her winning the inaugural Hepworth Prize for sculpture last month where she also pledged to share the £30,000 award with her fellow nominees, including Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Arts alumnus Steven Claydon, and UAL Honorary Fellow Phyllida Barlow.
I couldn’t have won the Turner Prize if I hadn’t moved to London…[it is] catalysing to me making work
Marten joins the long list of UAL alumni that have won the Turner Prize, accounting for over half of all Turner Prize winners and nominees in the 30 years since its inception. This success is a significant milestone to mark #UAL30YearsOn – a year of events and activity at UAL celebrating 30 years since our colleges first came together.
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