Laure Prouvost wins Turner Prize 2013

Sharon Heal, 03.12.2013
First time prize has been held outside England
Laure Prouvost was announced as the winner of the Turner Prize 2013 at a ceremony in Derry-Londonderry last night.

Prouvost, a 35-year-old French artist living in London, was awarded the £25,000 prize for her video installation Wantee, which brings together art history and fiction.

Prouvost said her use of video was inspired by her own upbringing as she wasn't allowed to watch television.



"I was never allowed to watch television when I was little so I became obsessed with it," she said.

Penelope Curtis, the chair of the judges and director of Tate Britain, said that Prouvost's work was outstanding for its complex combination of images and objects in an atmospheric environment.

The other shortlisted artists: David Shrigley; Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Tino Sehgal, each received £5,000.

This year was the first time that the prize was held outside England.

The exhibtion was organised by the Culture Company which was responsible for Derry-Londonderry City of Culture, in partnership with Tate.

The exhibition is staged at Ebrington, a converted building on the site of a former military barracks, and has been seen by approximately 35,000 people so far. The show closes on 5 January.

The Turner Prize 2015 will be held in Glasgow at the Tramway contemporary art space. It will be the fourth time the prize has been held outside London.

The show was held at Tate Liverpool in 2007, at the Baltic in Gateshead in 2011 and Derry-Londonderry this year.

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