Tate today announced the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2005. The artists are Darren Almond, Gillian Carnegie, Jim Lambie and Simon Starling. The Turner Prize 2005 is supported by the makers of Gordon’s.

Darren Almond’s work addresses the themes of time, geography and memory. He uses a wide range of media including film, photography and sculpture to explore the passing of time and the marks that it leaves on both social and private histories. He is shortlisted for his exhibition at K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf.

Gillian Carnegie explores the properties of painting. She works within the traditional genres of landscape, still life, the nude and portraiture, incorporating a wide variety of subjects and techniques to both celebrate and question the medium. She has been shortlisted for her solo exhibition at Cabinet, London.

Jim Lambie makes exuberant installations and sculptures which make reference to pop music and youth culture. He uses everyday materials including coloured tape and glitter to transform spaces and familiar objects. He is shortlisted for his exhibitions at Sadie Coles HQ, London and Anton Kern, New York.

Simon Starling transforms and reframes existing objects through a rigorous process of research. In his complex sculptural installations he creates poetic narratives by drawing together disparate cultural and historical references. He is shortlisted for his solo presentation at the Modern Institute, Glasgow.

Last year, Gordon’s increased the value of the Turner Prize to £40,000, with £25,000 being awarded to the winner and £5,000 each to 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 11 May 2005. 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 beginning on 18 October 2005. The winner will be announced at Tate Britain on 5 December during a live broadcast by Channel 4.

The members of the Turner Prize 2005 jury are:
Louisa Buck, London contemporary art correspondent, The Art Newspaper
Kate Bush, Head of Art Galleries, Barbican Art Gallery
Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, art critic and Lecturer, Modern Irish Department, University College Dublin
Eckhard Schneider, Director, Kunsthaus Bregenz
Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate and Chairman of the Jury

Information and features on the Turner Prize and its history can be found at Tate Online (www.tate.org.uk/turnerprize). The Turner Prize 2005 is supported by the makers of Gordon’s, who this year are creating a virtual tour of the Turner Prize exhibition, helping to further increase public discussion around the prize.

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