Turner Prize 2023: Eastbourne Exhibition Revealed In Pictures – Artlyst Exclusive

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The Turner Prize is among contemporary British art’s most prestigious and influential awards. It was established in 1984 to honour a British artist under 50 (This criteria has now been revised) for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding the award. The prize is named after the English painter J.M.W. Turner, known for his innovative and influential contributions to British art.

Here is a brief history of the Turner Prize and its impact on contemporary art:

The Turner Prize promotes public debate around new developments in contemporary art. The winner will be announced on 5 December 2023 at an Eastbourne’s Winter Garden award ceremony.

Jesse Darling Turner Prize 2023 Photo © Artlyst
Jesse Darling Turner Prize 2023 Photo © Artlyst

Jesse Darling works in sculpture, installation, video, drawing, sound, text and performance, using ‘materialist poetics’ to explore and reimagine the everyday technologies that represent our lives. Darling has often combined industrial materials such as sheet metal and welded steel with everyday objects to explore ideas of the domestic and the institutional, home and state, stability and instability, function and dysfunction, and growth and collapse.

Darling was nominated for his solo exhibitions No Medals, No Ribbons at Modern Art Oxford and Enclosures at Camden Art Centre. Taking cues from Towner’s coastal location, Darling combines new and recent works in an installation that explores borders, bodies, nationhood and exclusion. The sculptural works Corpus (Half-staff) and Inter Alia I (2022) form a fragmented colonnade in the gallery. Concrete and polystyrene pillars are topped with barbed wire, venetian blinds and net curtains. Pedestrian barriers and prickly anti-bird spikes also echo the built environment’s hostile and controlling element, with jarring proximity to our domestic everyday.

Ghislaine Leung Turner Prize 2023 Photo © Artlyst
Ghislaine Leung Turner Prize 2023 Photo © Artlyst

Ghislaine Leung’s practice critically examines the conditions of art production, its presentation and circulation. Leung has developed a process of art making that results in ‘score-based artworks’. The ‘scores’ are text-based instructions or descriptions realised by the gallery team in close conversation with the artist.

Leung was nominated for her solo exhibition Fountains at Simian, Copenhagen, which consisted of five score-based works, including Fountains (2022), an artwork created from a score that states ‘a fountain installed in the exhibition space to cancel sound’. At Towner, the exhibition also features a baby monitor installed in the art store, broadcasting live to the exhibition space, and a wall drawing representing the hours Leung can dedicate to working in her studio. These examples speak to the realities of working in multiple roles as an artist and mother and highlight Leung’s interest in the time, labour and support structures required to make and maintain artworks.

Rory Pilgrim Turner Prize 2023 Photo © Artlyst
Rory Pilgrim Turner Prize 2023 Photo © Artlyst

Rory Pilgrim is a multidisciplinary artist working across songwriting, composition, films, texts, drawings, paintings and live performances. Pilgrim aims to challenge how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experiences.

Pilgrim was nominated for the commission RAFTS at Serpentine and Barking Town Hall and a live performance of the work at Cadogan Hall, London. The RAFTS (2022) film presented at Towner is a seven-song oratorio narrated by eight residents of Barking and Dagenham from Green Shoes Arts, reflecting on what the symbol of a raft means to them through song, music and poetry. They are joined by singers Declan Rowe John, Robyn Haddon, Kayden Fearon, and Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance members. RAFTS was made during the Covid-19 pandemic and in this work, Pilgrim positions the raft as a symbol of support, keeping us afloat in challenging and precarious circumstances. Timed screenings of RAFTS and RAFTS: Live are presented alongside paintings, drawings and sculptures that expand this theme.

Barbara Walker Turner Prize 2023 Photo © Artlyst
Barbara Walker Turner Prize 2023 Photo © Artlyst

Barbara Walker works in various media and formats, from embossed works on paper to paintings on canvas and large-scale charcoal wall drawings. Growing up in Birmingham, Walker’s experiences have shaped a practice concerned with class and power, gender, race, representation and belonging issues.

Walker was nominated for her Burden of Proof presentation at Sharjah Biennial 15. Walker brings careful attention and visibility to individuals and families affected by the Windrush scandal in this body of work. The exhibition at Towner features large-scale charcoal figures drawn directly onto the gallery wall and a series of works on paper. Monochromatic portraits of people impacted by the scandal are layered over hand-drawn reproductions of documents that evidence their right to remain in the UK. Walker invites the viewer to consider the true consequences of political decision-making, the complexities of diasporic identity and the struggle for legitimacy.

Turner Prize Facts

1984: The inaugural Turner Prize was awarded to Malcolm Morley, an artist associated with Post Pop Art and known for his photorealist and realist paintings.

£25,000 goes to the winner and £5,000 each goes to the other shortlisted artists

Turner Prize winners: By Gender

• 39 % of jurors (excluding Directors) have been women
• 35 % of shortlisted artists have been women
• 32% of the winners have been women

Turner Prize winners: By Type of Art

• 18 % were painters
• 32% were sculptors, or created installation art
• 27 % were mixed media/multimedia artists
• 14 % were film/video artists
• 9 % were photographers

2019: The Turner Prize was awarded collectively to the four nominees, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo, and Tai Shani, in a gesture of solidarity and cooperation.

2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Turner Prize was cancelled, and the funds allocated for the prize were redirected to support struggling artists.

The Turner Prize has gained a reputation for pushing the boundaries of contemporary art and has often been associated with controversy and debate. It has helped launch the careers of many influential artists and has played a significant role in shaping the direction of contemporary British art. The prize’s eclectic list of winners reflects contemporary art practices’ diverse and ever-evolving nature, from traditional media like painting and sculpture to newer forms such as video, sound, and performance art.

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Full Turner Prize List 

1984 Malcolm Morley Painting

Richard Deacon

Gilbert and George

Howard Hodgkin

Richard Long Inaugural prize winner, awarded £10,000

1985 Howard Hodgkin Painting, printing

Terry Atkinson

Tony Cragg

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Milena Kalinovska

John Walker —

1986 Gilbert and George Photomontage Art & Language

Victor Burgin

Derek Jarman

Stephen McKenna

Bill Woodrow

1987 Richard Deacon Sculpture

Patrick Caulfield

Helen Chadwick

Richard Long

Declan McGonagle

Thérèse Oulton Richard Long was also a nominee in 1984.

1988 Tony Cragg Sculpture

Lucian Freud

Richard Hamilton

Richard Long

David Mach

Boyd Webb

Alison Wilding

Richard Wilson Richard Long was also a nominee in 1984 and 1987.

1989 Richard Long Sculpture

Gillian Ayres

Lucian Freud

Giuseppe Penone

Paula Rego

Sean Scully

Richard Wilson There was no shortlist, but the losing nominees were “commended”. Lucian Freud and Richard Wilson were nominees in 1988.

1990 Prize suspended due to lack of sponsor following the bankruptcy of Drexel Burnham Lambert

1991 Anish Kapoor Sculpture

Ian Davenport

Fiona Rae

Rachel Whiteread Prize was increased to £20,000 with sponsorship from Channel 4

1992 Grenville Davey Sculpture

Damien Hirst

David Tremlett

Alison Wilding —

1993 Rachel Whiteread Sculpture

Hannah Collins

Vong Phaophanit

Sean Scully First female winner; also won the £40,000 K Foundation art award presented to the “worst artist of the year”

1994 Antony Gormley Sculpture

Willie Doherty

Peter Doig

Shirazeh Houshiary —

1995 Damien Hirst Installation, painting

Mona Hatoum

Callum Innes

Mark Wallinger

Damien Hirst: his exhibit included a bisected cow and calf in formaldehyde in a vitrine – Mother and Child Divided. He was a nominee in 1992.

1996 Douglas Gordon Video Craigie Horsfield

Gary Hume

Simon Patterson Douglas Gordon was the first winner to be based outside of London and also the first artist to win the prize with a moving image work.

1997 Gillian Wearing Video

Christine Borland

Angela Bulloch

Cornelia Parker The first all-female shortlist

1998 Chris Ofili Multi-layered painting

Tacita Dean

Cathy de Monchaux

Sam Taylor-Wood —

1999 Steve McQueen Video

Tracey Emin

Steven Pippin

Jane and Louise Wilson

Tracey Emin exhibited her bed, titled My Bed

2000 Wolfgang Tillmans Photography

Glenn Brown

Michael Raedecker

Tomoko Takahashi

Wolfgang Tillmans is German, but is based in London.

2001 Martin Creed Installation

Richard Billingham

Isaac Julien

Mike Nelson The prize was presented by Madonna.

2002 Keith Tyson Installation, painting Fiona Banner

Liam Gillick

Catherine Yass The prize was presented by architect Daniel Libeskind.

2003 Grayson Perry Pottery

Jake and Dinos Chapman

Willie Doherty

Anya Gallaccio

Grayson Perry, a cross-dresser, accepted the prize wearing a dress. The prize was presented by Sir Peter Blake.

2004 Jeremy Deller Video, installation

Kutluğ Ataman

Langlands and Bell

Yinka Shonibare Prize increased to £25,000; losing nominees awarded £5,000 each. The prize was presented by journalist Jon Snow.

2005 Simon Starling Installation Darren Almond

Gillian Carnegie

Jim Lambie The prize was presented by then Culture Minister David Lammy.

2006 Tomma Abts Painting

Phil Collins

Mark Titchner

Rebecca Warren Tomma Abts is German, but works in the UK. The prize was presented by Yoko Ono.

2007 Mark Wallinger Installation Nathan Coley

Zarina Bhimji

Mike Nelson Mark Wallinger (a nominee in 1995) won for State Britain. The award show and ceremony were held in Tate Liverpool, and the prize was sponsored by Milligan. The prize was presented by Dennis Hopper.

2008 Mark Leckey Sculpture, film, sound, performance

Runa Islam

Goshka Macuga

Cathy Wilkes No prize sponsor: funded by the Tate.

2009 Richard Wright Site-specific painting

Enrico David

Roger Hiorns

Lucy Skaer —

2010 Susan Philipsz Sound installation

Dexter Dalwood

Angela de la Cruz

The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun) Susan Philipsz is the first sound artist to be nominated and the first to win.

2011 Martin Boyce Installation Karla Black

Hilary Lloyd

George Shaw Exhibition at the Baltic Gallery in Gateshead from 21 October 2011 to 8 January 2012

2012 Elizabeth Price Video

Spartacus Chetwynd

Luke Fowler

Paul Noble —

2013 Laure Prouvost Installation, collage, film

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

David Shrigley

Tino Sehgal —

2014 Duncan Campbell Video

Ciara Phillips

James Richards

Tris Vonna-Michell —

2015 Assemble Architecture and design

Bonnie Camplin

Janice Kerbel

Nicole Wermers —

2016 Helen Marten Installation

Michael Dean

Anthea Hamilton

Josephine Pryde —

2017 Lubaina Himid Painting 

Rosalind Nashashibi

Hurvin Anderson

Andrea Büttner The jury featured Dan Fox, Co-Editor at Frieze; Martin Herbert, art critic; Mason Leaver-Yap, Walker Art Center’s Bentson Scholar of Moving Image in Minneapolis, and associate Curator at Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; and Emily Pethick, Director, The Showroom, London.

2018 Charlotte Prodger Video

Forensic Architecture

Naeem Mohaiemen

Luke Willis Thompson The 2018 jury comprises Oliver Basciano, art critic and International Editor at ArtReview; Elena Filipovic, Director, Kunsthalle Basel; Lisa Le Feuvre, Executive Director, Holt-Smithson Foundation; and Tom McCarthy, novelist and writer.

2019 Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Tai Shani, Oscar Murillo 

Helen Cammock

Tai Shani

Oscar Murillo Film, spoken word performance, and painting Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Oscar Murillo. The prize was to be sponsored by Stagecoach South East but this was quickly dropped after criticism from the LGBT community. The prize was shared by all nominees after they wrote a letter asking the judges not to choose a single winner. The jury featured Alessio Antoniolli, Director, Gasworks & Triangle Network; Elvira Dyangani Ose, Director of The Showroom Gallery and Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths; Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary, Margate and Charlie Porter, writer.

2020 Cancelled Bursaries:

Oreet Ashery

Liz Johnson Artur

Shawanda Corbett

Jamie Crewe

Sean Edwards

Sidsel Meineche Hansen

Ima-Abasi Okon

Imran Perretta

Alberta Whittle

Arika The 2020 prize was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Instead a £10,000 bursary was given to ten artists.

2021 Array Collective Installation and theatre


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Project Art Works

2022 Veronica Ryan Sculpture

Heather Phillipson

Ingrid Pollard

Sin Wai Kin

2023 Nominees

2023 Jesse Darling

Ghislaine Leung

Rory Pilgrim

Barbara Walker 2023

Prize winner will be announced on 5 December at Towner Eastbourne.


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