This year, the Turner Prize nominees were announced to much debate and discussion, as has become the norm for one of the most polarising events on the contemporary art calendar.
Three women and a ‘collective’ made up the shortlist, all of whom will go on to exhibit at Tramway in Glasgow from 1 October this year.
Tying all four nominees together is their apparent preoccupation with social good, this year, art with a conscience is the order of the day.
Bonnie Camplin nominated for The Military Industrial Complex, which explores the notion of ‘consensus reality’ and how we all live in unspoken agreement of the norm
Janice Kerbel nominated for DOUG – a performance piece which takes the form of nine songs for six voices charting catastrophic events experience by the protagonist, Doug
Nicole Wermers nominated for Infrastruckur – an installation which comments on lifestyle, class and consumption through high-fashion, notably by sewing fur coats to chairs
Assemble an 18-strong group working across design, art and architecture nominated for Granby Four Streets, Liverpool, in which they helped regenerate and invigorate a run down housing estate through art and clever design
It is the first time a collective has made the shortlist, though they have been considered in the past, so this in itself is an unusual and controversial choice; very much in keeping with the name the Turner Prize has made for itself over the past 31 years.
Bookmakers William Hill are currently offering 2/1 on Assemble, 3/1 on Bonnie Camplin, and 5/2 on Nicole Wermers and Janice Kerbel respectively.
The winner will be announced on 7 December, and in the meantime each nominee will create a new series of work that forms part of the Turner Prize exhibition opening at Tramway, Glasgow on 1 October 2015.
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