Turner Prize Goes to Lubaina Himid, Whose Work Depicts African Diaspora

In addition to Ms. Himid, the nominee Hurvin Anderson, 52, was also made eligible by the new age limit. The relaxed entry requirements were welcomed by critics, who said they widened the scope of artists and better reflected modern British art.


Ceramic pieces from Ms. Himid’s “Swallow Hard: The Lancaster Dinner Service” (2007) are part of the Turner Prize exhibition in Hull, England.

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Mr. Anderson explores themes of identity in his paintings of Afro-Caribbean barbershops. The other nominees this year were Rosalind Nashashibi, a filmmaker known for blending documentary techniques with scripted scenes, and Andrea Büttner, whose prize show entry included a display about Simone Weil, the French philosopher and activist.

Works by all of the nominees are on display in an exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. The location of the Turner exhibition alternates between the Tate Britain in London and galleries in other parts of the U.K. every year.

In previous years, the prize was judged only on the recent exhibitions for which the artists were nominated. This was the first year in which the prize show itself was formally taken into account.

This year’s shortlist was also noted for being one of the most diverse. All of the nominees have connections abroad, either by birth or through parentage. Ms. Nashashibi, 44, was born in London to a Palestinian father and an Irish mother; Ms. Büttner, 46, is German-born; Mr. Anderson is the son of Jamaican immigrants; and Ms. Himid was born in Tanzania.

“The jury applauded the four nominated artists for their socially engaged and visually imaginative work,” Mr. Farquharson said.

Alongside Mr. Farquharson, the members of this year’s jury were Dan Fox, writer and co-editor of Frieze; Martin Herbert, art critic; Mason Leaver-Yap, associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; and Emily Pethick, director of the Showroom gallery in London.

The Turner Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded to an artist born, living or working in Britain. Last year’s winner was the multimedia artist Helen Marten, who won for her installations made of mixed materials including wood, glass, aluminum and feathers. Previous winners have included Grayson Perry, Steve McQueen and Damien Hirst.

The exhibition at the Ferens Gallery runs until Jan. 7.

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