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Published on : Thursday, December 5, 2013
The eyes of the modern art world were firmly fixed on the city of Derry~Londonderry as Laure Prouvost won the prestigious Turner Prize. She was nominated for her work Wantee and her two-part installation for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Laure Prouvost is well known in contemporary art circles for her unique approach to film making. Often placing her films within atmospheric installations, employing story telling, montage and deliberate misuse of language to construct her works.
Laure Prouvost managed to beat off stiff competition from German-British artist Tino Sehgal, who was nominated for his works entitled This Variations and These Variations; British artist David Shrigley, who was nominated for his work Brain Activity; and Ghanaian artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye who was nominated for her work Extracts and Verses.
An historic year
Of course, this year’s Turner Prize was particularly special. For the first time in the competition’s 29 years, the event took place outside of England in Derry~Londonderry, as part of the UK City of Culture 2013.
To host an event as spectacular and prestigious as the Turner Prize requires a special venue. Sitting handsomely on the east bank of the River Foyle, The Ebrington (or Star Fort as it’s known locally) began life as a military installation in 1689. Fast forward a few hundred years, and the space was rejuvenated to create a cutting edge exhibition space. You can view all of the works from this year’s Turner Prize for free here in The Ebrington right up until 5 January 2014. Walking around impressive works of art, make sure to take in the view over the River Foyle and Derry~Londonderry’s Peace Bridge. The Ebrington has played an important role in the City of Derry~Londonderry for centuries. This looks set to continue, as it’s now the beating cultural heart of the city.
If you think Derry~Londonderry has no more cards left up its sleeve, think again. Events such as the Beyond…what’s possible exhibition, a special performance by The Undertones and The Relief of Derry Symphony will keep the UK City of Culture rocking right up until New Year’s.