One of the world’s best-known prizes for the visual arts, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.
Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is named after JMW Turner (1775-1851) and aims to encourage public interest in contemporary British art. It is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the past 12 months.
The four artists that have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2019 are: Lawrence Abu Hamdan for his exploration of sound as an architectural element and the way he recreates particular situations through sound and performance; Helen Cammock for the timely and urgent quality of her work which looks at the history and the role of women in the civil rights movement in Derry Londonderry; Oscar Murillo for the way he pushes the boundaries of materials in his work and his reflection on his own experience of displacement; and Tai Shani for the compelling nature of her project Dark Continent and particularly the work’s ability to combine historical texts with contemporary references and issues.
The winner will be announced in December at an award ceremony live on the BBC.