Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize

Ross Houston
December 7, 2017

While Rosalind Nashashibi, 44, made films focused on tense human situations in far-flung places, such as an abortive trip to the Gaza Strip, to quite haunting effect.

This year the organisers of the the prize, the Tate, lifted the age restriction on the prize, which had previously been set at 50.

Lubaina Himid has been crowned this year's Turner Prize victor, beating Rosalind Nashashibi, Hurvin Anderson, and Andrea Buttner to take home the £25,000 prize money.


Works by all four finalists are on display at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull until January 7. The exhibition is a highlight of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and has attracted more than 65,000 visitors since opening to the public on 26 September.

The jury for the prize comprised Dan Fox, a co-editor of Frieze magazine; critic Martin Herbert; Mason Leaver-Yap, a moving-image scholar at the Walker Art Center and an associate curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art; and Emily Pethick, the director of the Showroom gallery.

The jury commended the nominated artists for their socially engaged and visually imaginative work.


Turner Prize 2017 is curated by critic, educator and curator, Sasha Craddock, Chair of New Contemporaries, and George Vasey, curatorial fellow at Newcastle University and writer. The 2017 nominees' work is now on view at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, England, where the victor was announced in a ceremony this evening.

Founded in 1984, the annual Turner Prize is regarded as the UK's most important art award. The shortlisted artists have together produced a show that offers powerful commentary on current issues, and it is brilliant to have someone whose own work has continually reflected what is going on around him presenting the award. They then awarded the prize to Lubaina Himid for a trio of outstanding shows in Oxford, Bristol and Nottingham.

Himid has consistently foregrounded the contribution of African diaspora to Western culture. Her paintings, prints, drawings, and installations are now in the collections of Tate, the Whitworth Art Gallery, and the Leeds City Museum, among other institutions. Among her best-known works is the painting "Modern marriage" (1987), where sarcasm joins with social and political denunciation, observes the newspaper, El Mundo.


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