The Turner Prize 2012 has been awarded to Elizabeth Price, it was announced at Tate Britain this evening. The £25,000 prize was presented by Jude Law. This year’s prize fund is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.
The jury applauded all four nominated artists’ commitment and the strengths of their diverse artistic practices.
They awarded the prize to Elizabeth Price for her solo exhibition at the BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. The Jury admired the seductive and immersive qualities of Price’s video trilogy which reflects the ambition that has characterised her work in recent years. They were impressed by the way Price creates a rhythmic and ritualistic experience through film installations which combine different material and technical vocabularies ranging from archival footage and popular music videos to advertising.
The Turner Prize 2012 is awarded annually to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 24 April 2012. (The term British applies to all artists working in the United Kingdom and to British-born artists who may be working abroad.)
The Prize was established in 1984 by the Patrons of New Art and is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art.
The shortlisted artists for 2012 were: Spartacus Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Paul Noble and Elizabeth Price.
The exhibition of the four shortlisted artists is at Tate Britain until 6 January 2013.