Wednesday 3rd of December 2014
Congratulations from all at Car Hire Glasgow Airport after a local artist wins the Turner Prize.
The winner of this year’s Turner Prize was Glasgow based artist Duncan Campbell.
Campbell, who was the bookies favourite, won for his video piece, It For Others. The work reflects on African art and includes a dance sequence inspired by Karl Marx. The jury described it as “an ambitious and complex film which rewards repeated viewing”.
Campbell, 42, is the fourth graduate from Glasgow School of Art’s Master of Fine Art Programme to win the prize in the last ten years.
Twelve Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor presented the £25,000 prize to Dublin-born Campbell in a ceremony at London’s Tate Britain.
The artist said “This money will make a huge difference to me, even being nominated for the prize has given me great heart.”
Campbell’s win cements the domination of the Glasgow School of Art over the contemporary arts scene and will be a further boost to its reputation in a year when fire tore through its iconic Mackintosh building. The blaze in the Grade A-listed building in May led to the loss of about one tenth of its structure and one third of its contents, causing shock around the city and the art world.
The jury said that they admired Campbell’s “exceptional dedication to making a work which speaks about the construction of value and meaning in ways that are topical and compelling”.
Now in its 30th year, the Turner Prize is one of the most high profile and often controversial events in the British arts calendar.
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