Now in its 20th year, the Turner Prize will be broadcast by Channel 4 live from Tate Britain on 7 December. Justin Westover photographed the shortlisted artists for Tate.
A year ago, Anya Gallaccio installed seven great oak tree trunks, a naked oak root ball and trays of amber molten sugar inside the Duveen galleries at Tate Britain for beat, a poetic meditation on British landscape.
Gallaccio has won international acclaim for her dramatic use of organic materials in works such as Intensities and Surfaces 1996 – a vast block of ice melting slowly in a disused east London pumping station. She was nominated for the Turner Prize on the strength of her Tate Britain installation and her solo show this year at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.
Jake and Dinos Chapman
The Chapman brothers have worked as a team since 1992, and came to public attention with their gruesome contributions to the Royal Academy shows Sensation 1997 and Apocalypse 1999.
Their provocative output incorporates installation, sculpture, painting, works on paper, video art, and - in their piece Insult to Injury - the addition of comical faces to figures in a set of Goya’s etchings The Disasters of War. In the past year they have exhibited at Modern Art Oxford, White Cube, London, and the Museum-Kunst-Palast, Düsseldorf.
First nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994, Willie Doherty uses film installation and photography to explore themes of memory and place in the divided society of his native Northern Ireland.
His nomination reflects the continuing strength and relevance of his work, as demonstrated in his exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and his contribution to the São Paulo Bienal.
A lecturer in fine art at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Doherty lives in Derry, his home town and the location of much of his work.
Ceramicist sans pareille Grayson Perry uses traditions borrowed from the decorative arts to explore compelling personal and social themes through his extraordinary pots. His interests range from satirising the worlds of art and politics to examining paedophilia and child abuse.
He also pursues his own autobiographical concerns through his female alter ego, Claire. Perry has been nominated for this year’s Turner Prize for Guerrilla Tactics, exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Barbican Art Gallery.
This article was originally published in Tate Magazine issue 8.