This morning Tate Britain announced the four artists shortlisted for the next edition of the Turner Prize. Assemble, Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers have all been selected for the 2015 exhibition, which will be held at Tramway, Glasgow, in October. Geared at promoting public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art, the prize is widely recognised a highly prestigious award in Europe. Every other year the annual prize, which has been organised by Tate since 1984, is presented at a venue outside London. This is the first time in its 31-year history that the award has been staged in Scotland.
London-based collective Assemble work across the fields of art, design and architecture to create projects in tandem with the communities who use and inhabit them. Their architectural spaces and environments promote direct action and embrace a DIY sensibility. The group have been selected for various projects including the ongoing collaboration with local residents and others in the Granby Four Streets, Liverpool.
Bonnie Camplin has been nominated for The Military Industrial Complex at South London Gallery. The project took the form of a study room exploring what ‘consensus reality’ is, drawing inspiration from physics to philosophy, psychology, witchcraft, quantum theory and warfare. Camplin’s practice, which she broadly describes as ‘the Invented Life,’ is characterised by the critique of existing power-structures, and spans the disciplines of drawing, film, performance, music and writing.
Shortlisted for her operatic work DOUG, Janice Kerbel borrows from conventional modes of narrative in order to create elaborate imagined forms. Her precisely crafted works often take the form of audio recordings, performance and printed matter. For DOUG, a commission by The Common Guild at Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Kerbel compiled a performative work of nine songs intended for six voices.
Nicole Wermers creates sculptures, collages and installations which explore the appropriation of art and design within consumer culture. In her Turner Prize nominated piece Infrastruktur at Herald Street, London, Wermers adopted the glossy aesthetics and materials of modernist design and high fashion, alluding to themes of lifestyle, class, consumption and control.
The shortlisted artists have been selected by the Turner Prize 2015 jury, which is chaired by Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain. Panellists include Alistair Hudson, Director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Kyla McDonald, Artistic Director, Glasgow Sculpture Studios; Joanna Mytkowska, Director, Museum Sztuki Nowoczesnej; and Jan Verwoert, critic and curator.
The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of work in the last 12 months. This year’s prize money is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The overall winner will be announced at an award ceremony on Monday 7 December at Tramway.
The Turner Prize Exhibition 2015, 1 October 2015 – 17 January 2016, Tramway, Glasgow.
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1. Yardhouse by the Assemble collective.