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Laure Provost wins Turner Prize

Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost, with David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye whose work is on display at Ebrington in Londonderry.

Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost, with David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye whose work is on display at Ebrington in Londonderry.

French artist Laure Prouvost has won this year’s Turner Prize at a ceremony held outside England for the first time.

Her video installation - called Wantee - was hailed by judges as outstanding and moving.

The award, which earns the winner £25,000, was given by young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan at a ceremony in the Venue, close to the Turner gallery in Ebrington Square.

The Turner Prize exhibition runs until 5 January 2014.

The world famous exhibition was held in the first ever UK City of Culture, Londonderry, and this is the first time it has been staged outside of England.

The winner who is based in London said: “Thank you for adopting me, for having a French one, I feel adopted by the UK.”

Wantee shows art work created by Prouvost’s fictional grandfather, being used for domestic duties by his wife. “Wantee”, was originally presented at Tate Britain as part of a show about Kurt Schwitters.

Wantee was the nickname given by Schwitters to his girlfriend, Edith Thomas, as she was always popping into his studio to ask, ‘Want tea?’. There’s a dark tea room full of misshapen teapots, cups with mouths, and other odd artefacts allegedly made by her (imaginary) grandfather, a conceptual artist. A second room - sloped and carpeted - shows a film about the dreams of her grandmother about riding a motorcycle and disco dancing.

Four artists - Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye - were in contention for the award.

Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a contemporary artist under 50, living, working or born in Britain, who is judged to have put on the best exhibition over the last 12 months.

 

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