UAL’s dominance of British art’s most high-profile award has been affirmed with the announcement that half of the 2017 Turner Prize shortlist studied at the University.
Leading black British artists Himid and Anderson both studied at Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL, and aged 62 and 52 respectively are both eligible for the £25,000 Prize after the award abolished its ban on over-50s.
Their inclusion on the shortlist continues UAL’s strong association with the Prize, with the University having provided nearly half of all winners and nominees in the 33 years since its inception.
Himid was nominated for solo shows in Bristol and Oxford. The Bristol show Navigation Charts centred on larger-than-life cut-outs of 100 colourful figures – 17th Century African slave servants brought to Europe.
Anderson was nominated for exhibitions in Nottingham and Ontario, Canada. The centrepiece of the Nottingham exhibition was a painting titled Is It Okay To Be Black? – a view of a barber shop which Anderson describes as ‘being caught between two places at once,’ because they are spaces where the UK and the Caribbean come together.
Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist, 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.
The exhibition of work by this year’s shortlisted artists runs at the Ferens gallery in Hull from 26 September to 7 January. The winner will be announced on 5 December.