Helen Marten wins Turner Prize - Museums Association

Helen Marten wins Turner Prize

Award follows her recent Hepworth Prize for Sculpture victory
Laura Rutkowski

Helen Marten won the Turner Prize 2016 at Tate Britain this week, following her victory last month in the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.

The £25,000 Turner Prize was awarded to the 31-year-old artist from Macclesfield by author Ben Okri during a live broadcast on the BBC.

Marten received the prize for works including Lunar Nibs, showcased at the 56th Venice Biennale, and her solo exhibition Eucalyptus Let Us In held at the Greene Naftali Gallery in New York.

Each year, four British artists under 50 are shortlisted for the Turner Prize, which aims to promote debate and conversation around contemporary art. It was first awarded in 1984. 

The jury commended Marten for her use of materials and form and admired the poetic and enigmatic qualities of her pieces, which work to highlight everyday challenges and complexities.

This year’s Turner Prize jury was chaired by Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain, and comprised of Michelle Cotton, director of Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Tamsin Dillon, curator; Beatrix Ruf, director of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Simon Wallis, director of the Hepworth Wakefield.

An exhibition of the four shortlisted artists, Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Marten, and Josephine Pryde, will run at Tate Britain until 2 January 2017.

As with her Hepworth Prize winnings, Marten has offered to share her winnings with the others on the shortlist.

Marten won the first £30,000 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture at the Hepworth Wakefield on 17 November. It was created this year to mark the Hepworth Wakefield’s fifth anniversary and named after British sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

It is awarded to a British artist who has made a significant contribution to contemporary sculpture.


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