Lubaina Himid becomes oldest artist to win Turner Prize award

Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize for 'uncompromising' approach to race relations

This year organizers removed an upper age limit of 50 for nominees.

The jury for the prize comprised Dan Fox, a co-editor of Frieze magazine; critic Martin Herbert; Mason Leaver-Yap, a moving-image scholar at the Walker Art Center and an associate curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art; and Emily Pethick, the director of the Showroom gallery.

For the first time in history, a black artist won the Turner Prize, the most prestigious art award in the United Kingdom.

She said that winning the prize meant a lot to her.

Lubaina said: "It's great to win, especially as so many people in Preston were rooting for me".

Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain, who chair the jury, warned this award should not be seen as the Turner Prize becoming a "lifetime achievement award".

The artist - who now resides in Preston, in the North of England, where she teaches pottery and art - said she was surprised by the award, since "I've always been ignored by critics, exhibition curators and institutions, but never by artists", El Mundo reported.

"And they were impressed by the seriousness of themes she addressed. But, also, the weird and visual exuberance with which she conveys them".

Mr Farquharson said he believed Himid's selection vindicated the decision to lift the restriction on older artists.

"I think there is no longer an overwhelming focus on youth as equating to what's innovative in contemporary art".

Speaking about the age limit being increased before the victor was announced Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain and chairman of the jury, said: "The Turner Prize has always championed emerging artists - it has never been a prize for long service but for a memorable presentation of work in that year".

The prize was presented in Hull as one of the highlights of the Hull 2017 celebrations, which have been hailed a huge success.

Himid faced stiff competition from Anderson, 52, best known for work that explores ideas of identity, as inspired by his Jamaican immigrant parents, often in depictions of Afro-Caribbean barbershops. The other short-listed nominees were Rosalind Nashashibi, Hurvin Anderson, and Andrea Büttner.

After a change in the rules, this was the first time since 1991 that artists over the age of 50 were eligible for the prize, which used to be infamous for rewarding outrageous Young British Artists. Her section of the Turner Prize exhibition in Hull contains work from the 1980s to today, including wooden figures, pottery and newspapers that she has painted on.

The Turner Prize exhibition, which travels every two years to a different city outside London, was held this year in partnership with Hull as UK City of Culture.

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