A headshot of Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize

Simon Stephens, 06.12.2017
Artist presented with award at Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery
Lubaina Himid, a 63-year old artist who was born in Tanzania but lives and works in Preston, has won this year’s Turner Prize at a ceremony at the Ferens Art Gallery held this week as part of Hull’s City of Culture year.

The £25,000 prize was presented by DJ, producer and artist Goldie. A further £5,000 was awarded to each of the other three shortlisted artists.

The jury commended the nominated artists for their socially engaged and visually imaginative work. The others shortlisted were Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi.

Himid won the prize for three shows in Oxford, Bristol and Nottingham. The jury praised the artist for her “uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today”.

The members of the Turner Prize 2017 jury were Dan Fox, writer and co-editor of Frieze; Martin Herbert, art critic; Mason Leaver-Yap, Walker Art Center’s Bentson Scholar of Moving Image and associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; and Emily Pethick, the director of Showroom, London. The jury was chaired by Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain.

The exhibition of the four shortlisted artists at Ferens Art Gallery has been seen by more than 90,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular Turner Prize shows outside London. The exhibition continues until 7 January 2018.

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