One of Britain's leading black female artists, Lubaina Himid, has become the oldest person to be nominated for British art's most high-profile award. At 62, Himid is eligible for the £25,000 Turner Prize after the award abolished its ban on over-50s. Another key black British artist is also recognised after the rule change - 52-year-old Hurvin Anderson. The multicultural shortlist is completed by German-born Andrea Buttner and Londoner Rosalind Nashashibi. In what was once the domain of Young British Artists in the 1990s, the youngest person on the Turner shortlist this year is Nashashibi at 43.
The Turner Prize, the most high-profile award in British art, will not be given out this year because of the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Tate Britain, which has organised the prize since 1984, said it would be impossible to organise the annual nominees' exhibition. Instead, Tate will give bursaries each worth £10,000 to help 10 artists at this "exceptionally difficult time". Past winners include Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Steve McQueen. The last time it was not awarded was in 1990, after the award's sponsor went bankrupt.
Finalists announced Wednesday are British painter Hurvin Anderson, whose images often draw on his Caribbean heritage; Lubaina Himid, one of the U.K.'s leading black female artists; German-born multidisciplinary artist Andrea Buttner; and Palestinian-English artist Rosalind Nashashibi, whose work includes the film "Electric Gaza."
Painter and sculptor Helen Marten has won the 2016 Turner Prize. The 31-year-old, the youngest of the four shortlisted artists, was announced as the winner at a ceremony at Tate Britain in London. The prestigious £25,000 prize is awarded to a British artist, under the age of 50, considered to have put on the best exhibition of the past year. It is the second major prize in the space of a month for Marten, who also won the inaugural Hepworth Prize. She pledged to share the £30,000 Hepworth Prize with her four fellow nominees, because she believes "the hierarchical position of art prizes today is to a certain extent flawed".