Tate Britain Level 2
Tuesday 6 October 2009 – Sunday 3 January 2010
The Turner Prize 2009 has been awarded to Richard Wright, it was announced at Tate Britain this evening. The £25,000 prize was presented by Carol Ann Duffy. This year’s prize fund is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The event was broadcast live on Channel 4 News.
Richard Wright was shortlisted for the work he exhibited in the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh and his exhibition at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh. The jury admired the profound originality and beauty of Wright’s work. Wright uses elaborate and labour-intensive methods to create transient works that respond directly to the architecture and context of a space. Rooted in fine art tradition yet radically conceptual in impact, his works come alive as they are experienced by the viewer.
The jury applauded the strength of the exhibition at Tate Britain and wished to record their admiration for the outstanding presentations of all four artists, which have been extremely well received by the public.