Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

A new age for the Turner Prize as older nominees selected

A new age for the Turner Prize as older nominees selected

Anderson is 52 and Himid 62, while Buttner and Nashashibi are in their 40s.

And though The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist for an "outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work", this year's shortlist of four is the most multicultural and global in some time - perhaps ever.

The victor will be announced at a ceremony on December 5. The centrepiece of the Nottingham exhibition was a painting titled Is It Okay To Be Black? - a half-remembered view of a barber shop's wall featuring Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

The prestigious art prize was once known for helping the careers of Young British Artists including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, but this year all four shortlisted artists are over 40, with the oldest nominee aged 62.

The Tate judges described him as "an outstanding British painter whose art speaks to our current political moment with questions about identity and belonging".

A Preston artist has made it on to the shortlist for one of the world's biggest art prizes.

Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain and chairman of the Turner Prize jury said the prize had always championed "emerging artists" no matter their age.

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The Turner jury was impressed by the "depth and maturity" of her work, which examines themes of exile, confinement, surveillance and the everyday documented in its particular environment.

Originally from Zanzibar in Tanzania, Lubaina has been nominated for solo shows in Bristol and Oxford.

Another foreign-born artist on the shortlist is German-born Andrea Buttner, whose film about nuns who work at a carnival and series of woodcuts have been praised by the Prize's panel of judges for focusing on "overlooked and undervalued" subjects, according to the BBC. Another work, Cotton.com, imagined conversations between the cotton workers of Lancashire and the slaves of SC. Working across painting, installation, drawing and printmaking, and bringing both old and new work together, her work is both visually arresting and critical, the jury noted.

Nashashibi was born in Croydon, south London, to Irish-Palestinian parents.

Nashashibi's film Electrical Gaza shows the troubled Middle East as "an enchanted place" and uses CGI as well as more traditional documentary techniques while Anderson and Himids paintings look at the black experience in Britain. He draws upon his Jamaican heritage and references the visibility of the black community, with work such as Is It Okay To Be Black?

The works of the shortlisted artists will be displayed at Ferens Art Gallery in the northern English city of Hull, as part of the city's activities as this year's City of Culture.

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