This year works on show at Tate Britain are by Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, Michael Dean, and Josephine Pryde will share the £40,000 prize fund with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. And it’s probably Hamilton’s work that will get the debate going with her larger than life, pop art-esque butt. Hamilton, whose work is currently being shown at the Hepworth Wakefield as part of the redevelopment of it Kettle Yard, works across sculpture, installation, performance and video.
Another eye-catching piece is from Dean’s work Sic Glyphs, which is a combination of works from his nominated exhibitions at South London Gallery and de Appel, Amsterdam. His sculpture (United Kingdom poverty line for two adults and two children: twenty thousand four hundred and thirty six pounds sterling as published on 1st September 2016) consists of £20,436 in pennies. When installing the work Dean removed one coin, so that the money you see before you represents one penny below the UK poverty line for a family four.
“One of the surprising things about the work is how small that amount looks, how meagre it is,” says Linsey Young, curator of contemporary art, Tate Britain. “He really wants us to think about what it means to live in a society, what it means to have responsibility for the people you love and who are around you.”
Tate Britain hopes visitors will join the Turner Prize conversation using Facebook Live, encouraging them to film their reactions and opinions of the artworks from inside the gallery. Those that ‘Go Live’ can add their views to the online discussion by using #Turnerprizelive. Each day a selection of public videos will be featured on the global Tate Facebook page, to celebrate the diverse opinions around contemporary art today.
Established in 1984 and now in its 32nd year, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the 12 months preceding April 28 2016.
The winner will be decided by the Turner Prize 2016 jury, consisting of Michelle Cotton, Director, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Tamsin Dillon, Curator; Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield. The jury is chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain.
Turner Prize 2016 is at Tate Britain from September 27 2016 until January 22017 and is curated by Linsey Young, Curator Contemporary British Art and Laura Smith, Exhibitions & Displays Curator.
Anthea Hamilton’s work includes a larger than life ‘butt’ and combines surrealism, comedy and sexual imagery