Shortlist for the 2017 Turner Prize announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Turner Prize has been announced – featuring over 50s for the very first time.

The Turner Prize is awarded annually to an artist born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding exhibition or presentation of their work.

Since 1991, the upper age limit for those eligible was 50 but a rule change was confirmed earlier this year.

The decision to lift the age limit has had a surprisingly large effect on this year’s four-person shortlist.

62-year-old Lubaina Himid features when she previously would have been ineligible for the award.

Himid, who was born in Zanzibar, celebrates black creativity within her work using paintings, prints, drawings and installations.

As one of the first artists involved in the Black Art movement in the 1980s, her art focuses on cultural history and identity.

Himid was also appointed MBE in 2010 for “services to Black Women’s Art”.

Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is one of the most prestigious international arts awards – contributing to growing interest in contemporary art.

Also shortlisted for the 2017 prize is 52-year-old painter Hurvin Anderson, who too would have been ineligible in previous years.

His work also explores cultural identity – inspired by his Jamaican immigrant parents, often in depictions of Afro-Caribbean barbershops.

Anderson’s work has been exhibited in a range of group and solo exhibitions across the UK and the US.

Other nominees include Rosalind Nashashibi and Andrea Buttner.

Nashashibi, 43, is a film artist and painter most known for her 2015 piece entitled ‘Electrical Gaza’.

Andrea Buttner, 45, works across a range of mediums including painting and woodcuts, often dealing with themes of religion and botany.

Since 2011 the Turner Prize has been staged outside of London every other year.

This year’s will be presented at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture 2017 programme.

The winner, who will receive a £25,000 prize, will be announced at a ceremony live on the BBC on December 5.

TNT Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: arif_shamim

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