Shortlist for Turner Prize 2013 announced

Published 25 April 2013

Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye have been named as the artists in the running for this year's Turner Prize.

The most established artists on the list, Shrigley and Sehgal, are also the most different. Shrigley, who gained a popular following through his cartoons in the Guardian and the New Statesman, was nominated for his headline-grabbing Hayward Gallery exhibition Brain Activity.

In contrast, Sehgal is the only artist on the list who doesn't produce objects – instead, his art consists of human interactions with real people in constructed situations, as in his 2012 Turbine Hall installation These Associations. It is only the second time a performance artist has been shortlisted for the prize, following Spartacus Chetwynd's nomination last year.

Turner Prize 2013 shortlist

  • Laure Prouvost, for Wantee and her two-part installation for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women
  • Tino Sehgal, for This Variation at documenta (XIII) and These Associations at Tate Modern
  • David Shrigley, for David Shrigley: Brain Activity at Hayward Gallery
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, for Extracts and Verses at Chisenhale Gallery

The emerging artists on the list, Prouvost and Yiadom-Boakye both deal with imaginary people. Wantee, which Prouvost was commissioned to create for Schwitters in Britain, was a collection of works by her fictional grandfather, while Yiadom-Boakye's Chisenhale Gallery exhibition Extracts and Verses featured portraits of imagined sitters with invented backstories.

Last year's prize was won by Elizabeth Prize for her video installation The Woolworths Choir of 1979, a multilayered film which weaved together the story of a fire in Manchester with religious architecture and pop music performances.

The Turner Prize 2013 exhibition will be hosted at Ebrington in Derry-Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013 programme, and the winner will be announced on Monday 2 December 2013.

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