Turner Prize Winners – What’s it like to Win?

The Guardian has asked the winners of the Turner prize what it’s like to win one of the most famous art competitions in the world. From Malcolm Morley in 1984 through to Tomma Abts in 2006, the artists have shared a little of their experiences with winning.

Damien Hirst won the Turner prize in 1995 and called it “a media circus to raise money for the Tate and Channel 4.” The sculptor Tony Cragg won in 1988 and says that “one could argue the interest in contemporary art in the UK has increased over the years partly because of it.” Chris Ofili was the first black artist to win the Turner prize and says “I know I didn’t win the Turner prize only for me. I just hope that when black people look at me they don’t see someone superhuman. They see themselves.”

It’s an interesting read..
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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. The Turner Prize (like many competitions) helps to bring contemporary art to a wider audience. From this point of view
    I think it’s a worth while exercise even if people choose to criticize the art work.

    Some years it’s a really good show, other years, (like last year!) you wonder if there might have been more interesting work out there.

    The test is; if you forget how long you’ve been in there then it’s a good show. If you wander around feeling mildly irritated and wondering what you could have spent the admission fee on instead then it’s a dud year!

  2. Ha!, good test Helly. I know what you mean about losing time in an exhibition.

    Here in Australia, the Archibald prize in Sydney pulls people into the gallery that wouldnt usually be there.

    The mainstream media covers it pretty well, and they often try and create controversy, so the regular Joe on the street finds himself in a gallery looking at art.. which is a good thing.

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