[Featured image: Ferrens art gallery Hull, where the Turner Prize 2017 will take place.]
This year the Turner Prize shortlist reflects the change to the eligibility criteria removing the upper age limit. All nominees are over the age of forty. It’s exciting to see a multiculturally diverse list, and a female dominated one, with a line up of three women out of the shortlist of four. This could have been an opportunity for an all women shortlist, an event which has occurred only once in the history of the controversial prize. (Resulting in the first woman prize winner, Gillian Wearing in 1997. Previously, no woman had won the prize despite being shortlisted.)
Artists living or working in Britain are nominated for outstanding work exhibited anywhere in the world in the previous year.
The shortlist this year:
Hurvin Anderson b.1965
British painter who often works from photographs and memories, and draws on art history and his own Caribbean heritage. Themes include identity and representation.
Andrea Buttner b.1972
Winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2009
German artist, Buttner’s work explores the crossover between religion and art. She works in a variety of mediums which include video, sculpture, performance, woodcuts, glass and collage. She explores themes of myth, gender, religion, shame and community.
Lubaina Himid b.1954
African born, Lancashire based painter, writer and curator, Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire, Himid’s work covers themes of cultural and personal history and reclaiming identities. Creating activist art, Himid was one of the first artists involved in the Black Art movement in the 1980’s.
Rosalind Nashashibi b.1973
Palestinian-English artist who often works in film in urban environments and in ideas of rehearsal and performance. She uses CGI alongside traditional documentary techniques.
The members of the Turner Prize 2017 jury are Dan Fox, Co-Editor at Frieze, Martin Herbert, art critic, Mason Leaver-Yap, Walker Art Center’s Bentson Scholar of Moving Image in Minneapolis, and Associate Curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Emily Pethick, Director, Showroom and the jury is chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain.
The shortlisted artists’ work will be exhibited in Hull this year, at the Ferens Art Gallery from September 2017 to January 2018 which will be free to the public. The winner will be announced on 5 December 2017 live from Hull on BBC.