Turner Prize 2012

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© Elizabeth Price
Odd Man Out, 2011 © Spartacus Chetwynd. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ
All Divided Selves, 2011 Courtesy of the artist, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne Photo © John Haynes
Volume 3 , 2006–7 Courtesy Gagosian Gallery © Paul Noble
Still from The Woolworths Choir of 1979, 2012 © Elizabeth Price 2012
Turner Prize 2012

London SW1P 4RG
United Kingdom
October 2nd, 2012 - January 6th, 2013
Opening: October 2nd, 2012 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

london bridge, southbank
44 20 78878000
Sat-Thu 10-6; Fri 10-10
installation, video-art
£10, concessions available. This exhibition is free for Members and Patrons


Discover the work of the four artists shortlisted for the UK’s most prestigious contemporary art award. The Turner Prize returns to Tate Britain after a hugely popular exhibition at Gateshead’s BALTIC centre for Contemporary Art in 2011.

The £25,000 Turner Prize is presented to an artist under 50, living, working or born in Britain for an outstanding exhibition in the previous 12 months. The winner will be announced on Monday 3 December 2012 during a live broadcast by Channel 4.

Spartacus Chetwynd

Nominated for her solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, London. Combining a broad spectrum of historical and cultural sources, Chetwynd makes paintings, carnivalesque performances and sculptural installations utilising handmade costumes and sets. Chetwynd confuses the boundary between performer and spectator, creating an atmosphere of joyful improvisation.

Luke Fowler

Nominated for his solo exhibition at Inverleith House, Edinburgh, which showcased his new film exploring the life and work of Scottish psychiatrist, R. D. Laing. Fowler interweaves found footage and new material into accomplished and immersive films that evoke the atmosphere of a particular era, revealing how the relationship between individuals and society changes through time.

Paul Noble

Nominated for his solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London, which brought together the painstakingly detailed and engrossing drawings of the fictional metropolis Nobson Newtown. Undercutting the precise, technical drawing is a dark satirical narrative which unfolds in the micro-cosmos of these monumental works.

Elizabeth Price

Nominated for her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, in which she presented a trilogy of video installations. Price reanimates existing archives of imagery, texts and music to explore our complex relationship to objects and consumer culture. Her carefully sequenced films guide us through immersive virtual spaces, derived from the cultural debris of the material world.


The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 24 April 2012. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.

Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at Tate Britain opening on 2 October 2012. The winner will be announced at Tate Britain on Monday 3 December 2010 during a live broadcast by Channel 4.

The members of the Turner Prize 2012 jury are:

  • -Andrew Hunt, Director, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea 
  • -Heike Munder, Director, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich 
  • -Michael Stanley, Director, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford 
  • -Mark Sladen, Director, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen 
  • -Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain and Chair of the Jury