Tuner Prize exhibition opens as a highlight of UK City of Culture 2017


The Turner Prize will be presented at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull for the first time, with an exhibition of work by this year’s shortlisted artists: Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi. The exhibition will run from 26 September 2017 to 7 January 2018, and will be a highlight of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

One of the most important art prizes in the world, the Turner Prize was established in 1984 and aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. The winner of the Turner Prize 2017 will be announced on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at an award ceremony in Hull, broadcast live on the BBC, the broadcast partner for the prize.

The exhibition features work by the four nominated artists (in alphabetical order):

Hurvin Anderson was born in Birmingham in 1965. He studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Selected solo exhibitions include: Foreign Body, Michael Werner Gallery, New York (2016), Backdrop, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto (2016); Dub Versions New Art Exchange Nottingham (2016), Backdrop, Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) St Louis (2015); Reporting Back, IKON Gallery, Birmingham (2013), Subtitles, Michael Werner Gallery New York (2011), and Art Now: Hurvin Anderson, Tate Britain London (2009). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Making & Unmaking (Camden Arts Centre, London (2016); Poetics of Relation, Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2015), Flowers for Summer, Michael Werner Gallery, New York (2011); and Dull as I am, I hope to Live by These Lines, Simon Preston Gallery, New York (210).

Hurvin Anderson is nominated for his solo exhibitions Hurvin Anderson: Dub Version at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, and Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada. For Turner Prize 2017 he presents a selection of vibrant paintings, a number from exhibitions for which he was nominated as well as new works. He paints places that he hopes to see and remember, as well as those he hopes will surprise him. By drawing elements familiar to him and those newly discovered, he reworks and combines images to create a unique sense of place.

Andrea Büttner was born in Stuttgart in 1972. She lives and works in London and Berlin. She studied at the Royal College of Art in London, Humboldt University of Berlin and Berlin University of the Arts. Selected solo exhibitions include Andrea Büttner, Musée Regional d’Art Contemporain, Sérignan (2016), Beggars and iPhones, Kunsthalle Wien (2016), Andrea Büttner, David Kondansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2016), Andrea Büttner, Walker Art Center Minneapolis (2015), BP Spotlight: Andrea Büttner, Tate Britain, London (2015), and Andrea Büttner.2, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2014). Recent group shows include Broken White, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2016), and the touring exhibition British Art Show 8, UK (2016).

Andrea Büttner is nominated for her solo exhibitions Andrea Büttner: Gesamtzusammenhang at Kunsthalle Sant Gallen, Switzerland, and Andrea Büttner at David Kordansky, Los Angeles. For Turner Prize 2017 she presents a range of work encompassing woodblock prints, etchings and paintings. Her work explores fine art, craft and design histories. Subjects include shame and embarrassment and the relationship between aesthetics and ethics.

Lubaina Himid was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania in 1954. She studied theatre design at Wimbledon College of Art and did an MA in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art, London. She is the Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Recent solo exhibitions include Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol (2017) and Invisible Strategies, Modern Art Oxford (2017). Recent group exhibitions include The Place is Here Nottingham Contemporary (2017); the 1980s: Today’s Beginnings?, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2016), and Keywords, Tate Liverpool (2014). From 1986 to 1990, Himid was Director of The Elbow Room and has curated exhibitions including Carte de Visite, Hollybush Gardens, London (2015); Critical: Donald Rodney, Rochdale Art Gallery, Rochdale (1989), and The Thin Black Line, ICA, London (1985).

Lubaina Himid is nominated for her solo exhibitions Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies at Modern Art Oxford and Navigation Charts at Spike Island, Bristol, as well as for her participation in the group exhibition The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary. For Turner Prize 2017 she presents four distinct works, which include painting on Guardian newspaper and found ceramic. Her work is a celebration of Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora; it addresses hidden and neglected cultural contributions made by real and forgotten people.

Rosalind Nashashibi was born in Croydon in 1973. She lives and works in London. She studied at Sheffield Hallam University and Glasgow School of Art. Solo exhibitions include Two Tribes, Murray Guy New York (2016), Electrical Gaza, Imperial War Museum London (2015), and the Painter and the Deliveryman, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Documenta 14, Athens, (2017), Ghost of Other Stories, British Council Collection at The Model, Sligo, Ireland (2016), Corps Simples, Centre Pompidou, Malaga (20151); Sudoku, Kunstverein München, Munich (2015); A Million Lines, Baltic Triennial, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków (2015); and Ten Thousand Wiles and Hundred Thousand Tricks, Contemporary Image Collective Cairo (2014).

Rosalind Nashashibi is nominated for her solo exhibition On This Island at The University Art Galleries at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, California, and her participation in Documenta 14. For Turner Prize 2017 she presents two films, Electrical Gaza 2015 and Vivian’s Garden 2017, which use a range of techniques that merge documentary with scenes that are scripted and staged. She focuses on the tactile lived experiences of relationships through incidental details to draw attention to the overlooked elements of everyday life. Although often intimate, the films also touch upon issues of surveillance and control.

As part of the public programme for Turner Prize 2017, there will be a series of workshops and events, in schools and across Hull, open to all age groups. Amongst the projects are Fuzzfeed, a brand new YouTube channel supported by Hull 2017. From the makers of the BBC show, Fuzzbox, Fuzzfeed will feature a specific piece made by teenagers and young people from the Hull area about the Turner Prize.

Turner Prize 2017 is curated by critic, educator and curator, Sasha Craddock, Chair of New Contemporaries, and George Vasey, curatorial fellow at Newcastle University, and a writer. The exhibition is designed by David Kohn Architects.

Martin Green, Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, said: “In a year that continues to exceed expectations, the Ferens hosting Turner Prize 2017 is another feather in the cap for Hull. The four artists in this exhibition have contributed to a timely show that asks important questions about the world and the society we live in. Our ambition is that it will get people talking as well as drawing audiences from across Hull, the rest of the UK and much further afield.”

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “The gallery has had a phenomenal year so far and the public have embraced fully our visual arts offer. Hosting the UK’s most prestigious art prize strengthens the gallery’s reputation as one of the finest regional galleries in the country.”

Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain and Chair of the Turner Prize jury, said: “We are delighted that this year’s Turner Prize is being staged outside London at the Ferens Art Gallery as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, with an exceptional shortlist that reflects the best of British art today. The Turner Prize has had a huge impact on the level of public engagement in contemporary art and we hope audiences in Hull will enjoy being part of the debate.”