Tate Britain  Level 2
30 October 2002 – 5 January 2003

The Turner Prize 2002 exhibition, sponsored by Channel 4, opens on 30 October at Tate Britain. It features work by the four shortlisted artists, Fiona Banner, Liam Gillick, Keith Tyson and Catherine Yass. The winner of the £20,000 prize will be announced by the architect Daniel Libeskind during a live broadcast of the award ceremony on Channel 4 on the evening of 8 December.

The winner will be decided by a jury whose members are: Michael Archer, critic and lecturer; Susan Ferleger Brades, Director, Hayward Gallery, London; Alfred Pacquement, Director, National Museum of Modern Art, Pompidou Centre, Paris; Greville Worthington, representative of the Patrons of New Art; Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate, and Chairman of the Jury.

The shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize 2002 are:

Fiona Banner, who will show new works in her striking yet playful series of drawings and sculptures in which full stops from various typefaces are recreated as magnified abstract forms. She will also show recent ‘wordscapes’, works in which she describes a feature film frame by frame to explore the seemingly limitless possibilities of language, yet at the same time expose our inability to find the words to convey thoughts and emotions.

Liam Gillick, who will present a work made specifically for the exhibition, using his signature materials of brightly coloured Perspex and anodised aluminium to create a large suspended ceiling which will fill the space. This intervention will encourage visitors to engage both physically and intellectually with the manipulated environment. In addition, Gillick will exhibit computer plans for recent public art projects and design work, to show the diversity of his practice.

Keith Tyson, who will create a characteristically engaging installation comprising drawings, paintings and sculptures reflecting his exploration of the perplexing questions of human existence. This will include his acclaimed sculpture The Thinker (after Rodin), shown at the 2001 Venice Biennale of Art, and thirty-nine studio wall drawings. New works include Bubble Chambers: 2 Discrete Molecules of Simultaneity and the latest work in his ongoing series Tabletop Tales.

Catherine Yass, who will exhibit her film Descent 2002, for which a camera was lowered through thick fog from a crane over a construction site at Canary Wharf, London, shown at aspreyjacques earlier this year. In addition, Yass will exhibit a new series of photographic lightboxes shot from the same crane, evoking a giddying sense of freefall. Yass will also show her new film Flight which simultaneously captures our desire to fly and fear of falling.

A series of public events have been organised to coincide with the exhibition, including talks by Liam Gillick (20 November) and Catherine Yass (5 December). For further information call 020 7887 8723 and for tickets call 020 7887 8888.

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