An installation by the Oxford-based artist Shawanda Corbett. Photograph: Marcus J Leith
A “fantastic and exciting” list of ten artists who would all have been in the running for this year’s Turner prize have been named as the recipients of £10,000 bursaries.
Tate Britain on Thursday announced the names of artists who will receive no-strings-attached cash awards in place of this year’s abandoned competition.
Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain, who chaired the jury choosing the artists, said the list reflected “the exceptional talent found in contemporary British art”.
It features artists whose practice includes ceramics, photography, film, performance, sculpture, poetry and personal history. Most defy easy categorisation and are tackling issues that include marginality, identity, death and robotics.
The Turner prize is one of the world’s best-known contemporary arts prizes and annually picks up on trends and themes occupying the minds of artists working in Britain.
Among those to get bursaries are the Israeli artist Oreet Ashery, chosen for a piece at the Wellcome Collection that explored the lived experience of care and chronic illness.
Liz Johnson Artur, a Ghanaian-Russian artist who for 30 years has been photographing the lives of people from the African diaspora, was praised for her show at the South London Gallery, which aimed to capture the richness and complexity of black British life.
Original article posted in The Guardian.