The four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize this year were announced this morning at Tate Britain. 
They are Spartacus Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Paul Noble and Elizabeth Price.

Each year the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under fifty. Artists are nominated for an exhibition (or other presentation of their work) that took place in the preceding year. While the four shortlisted artists display their work at a Turner Prize exhibition, the jury award the prize for the originally nominated presentation.

This year the artists have been nominated for these exhibitions:

Spartacus Chetwynd
For her solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, London, Odd Man Out
Chetwynd draws upon historical and cultural histories to create carnivalesque performances and sculptural installations, involving handmade costumes and sets. Chetwynd’s work blurs the boundary between performer and spectator, creating an atmosphere of joyful improvisation.

Spartacus Chetwynd Odd Man Out, Sadie Coles, London, 05 May – 04 June 2011, inaugural performance 05 May.
Spartacus Chetwynd, Odd Man Out, Sadie Coles, London, 05 May – 04 June 2011, inaugural performance 05 May

Luke Fowler
For his solo exhibition at Inverleith House, Edinburgh
Fowler interweaves found footage with his own material, creating immersive films that evoke the atmosphere of a particular era. His work reveals how the relationship between individuals and society changes through time

Luke Fowler All Divided Selves, 2011
Luke Fowler, All Divided Selves 2011

Paul Noble
For his solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London, Welcome to Nobson
Noble undercuts his painstakingly detailed and engrossing drawings of fictional metropolis Nobson Newtown with a dark satirical narrative which unfolds in the micro-cosmos of the monumental works.

Paul Noble Public Toilet, 1999 © Paul Noble / Gagosian, London
Paul Noble, Public Toilet 1999

Elizabeth Price
For her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, HERE
Price reanimates existing archives, using imagery, texts and music to explore our complex relationship to consumer culture. Her carefully sequenced films guide us through immersive virtual spaces, derived from the debris of the material world.

Elizabeth Price User Group Disco, 2009
Elizabeth Price, User Group Disco 2009

Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at Tate Britain opening on 2 October 2012. The winner will be announced at Tate Britain on Monday 3 December 2012 during a live broadcast by Channel 4.

The members of the Turner Prize 2012 jury are:

  • Andrew Hunt, Director, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea
  • Heike Munder, Director, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
  • Michael Stanley, Director, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
  • Mark Sladen, Director, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
  • Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain



Particularly interesting that you can now time travel, if the winner is to be announced on '3rd december 2010' what a feat of genius. I wish I could time travel it would i am sure be exremely advantagous to my artistic practice, maybe I could meet Blake or Bewick then! THanks, Hetty

I'm so bored of it all, hoping for genius to appear not just the same old constant waves on the sea.

Humility thrives upon arrogance, now needs later based supposition and previous, which needs reality to show the line to be toed or crossed with dignity or a total oblivion to compassion. All encompass, but be you when you become the point of focus, with whom the buck pauses for thought. And life goes on. We are on a learning podium. PS feel free to try to start from scratch and be ...............I Love Art.