The Turner Prize 2003 has been awarded to Grayson Perry, it was announced at Tate Britain this evening. The £20,000 prize, sponsored by Channel 4 since 1991, was presented by the artist Sir Peter Blake.
Grayson Perry was shortlisted for his exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Barbican Art Gallery, London.
The jury stressed the strength of the exhibition at Tate Britain and wished to record their admiration for the outstanding presentations produced by all four artists. In awarding the prize to Grayson Perry they admired his use of the traditions of ceramics and drawing in his uncompromising engagement with personal and social concerns.
Tate also announced that Anish Kapoor was the artist who received the most votes in the Turner Prize People’s Poll, an initiative created in partnership with Channel 4 and the Guardian to celebrate twenty years of the Turner Prize, in which the public could vote for their favourite artist of all those shortlisted between 1984 and 2003.