Turner Prize 2016 nominee portraits
Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize

From left to right: 

Photo of Michael Dean, Photo taken by the artist

Photo of Josephine Pryde, Photo: Dan Mitchell

Photo of Helen Marten, Photo by Juergen Teller

Portrait of Anthea Hamilton, Photo by Lewis Ronald

Set up in 1984, The Turner Prize remains one of the best-known visual arts prizes 

What is the Turner Prize?

The prize is awarded to an artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the preceding year. 

1. The Turner Prize is in its thirties

The prize was set up in 1984, founded by a group called the Patrons of New Art. The Patrons of New Art themselves had been formed in 1982 to encourage wider interest in contemporary art and assist the (then) Tate Gallery in acquiring new works.

2. It’s given to ‘a British artist’

‘British’ can mean an artist working primarily in Britain or an artist born in Britain working anywhere.

3. The prize is for artists under 50

To begin with, the prize could be awarded to anyone working in the arts (including curators, critics or gallery directors) for the ‘greatest contribution’ to art. But in 1988 this changed and the prize was awarded to artists only. In 1991, it changed again to introduce the age limit of 50, clarifying that the prize was not a ‘lifetime achievement’ award. 

4. The prize is awarded for ‘an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding’

The prize is awarded purely on the works the artists were nominated for. Although the shortlisted artists show their work in a Turner Prize exhibition, that exhibition has no bearing on the decision. The artists can choose to show any recent work and they make their selection in collaboration with curators from Tate Britain.

5. There is an independent panel of judges each year

Every year a new panel is selected, thought it is always chaired by the Director of Tate Britain.

6. It’s called the Turner Prize, after nineteenth-century artist JMW Turner

When choosing the name for the prize, the founders chose JMW Turner as a figure who had been innovative and controversial in his own day but also gone on to be seen as one of the greatest British artists. Turner had also wanted to establish a prize for young artists himself.

7. The Turner Prize award is £40,000

£25,000 goes to the winner and £5,000 each goes to the other shortlisted artists.

8. The Turner Prize provokes debate about art

By championing the early career of British artists, the Turner Prize has played a large part in the growing public interest in contemporary art in the UK. It is one of the most well-known awards for the visual arts in Europe.

Turner Prize Year by Year

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2016

27 Sep 2016 – 2 Jan 2017

Discover the four artists shortlisted for this year’s award

Other Venue Exhibition

Turner Prize 2015

1 Oct 2015 – 17 Jan 2016

The Turner Prize 2015 was awarded to Assemble. The £25,000 prize was presented by artist, musician and songwriter, Kim Gordon during a live broadcast on Channel 4

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2014

30 Sep 2014 – 4 Jan 2015

Celebrating its 30th year, the winner of the Turner Prize 2014 was Duncan Campbell. The award was presented by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor at Tate Britain in London

Other Venue Exhibition

Turner Prize 2013

23 Oct 2013 – 5 Jan 2014

The Turner Prize 2013 was awarded to Laure Prouvost

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2012

2 Oct 2012 – 6 Jan 2013

This year's prize was awarded to Elizabeth Price. The prize was presented by Jude Law at Tate Britain on 3 December 2012 in an evening ceremony broadcast live on Channel 4

Other Venue Exhibition

Turner Prize 2011

21 Oct 2011 – 8 Jan 2012

This year the Turner Prize was organised by BALTIC. It is the first time the Prize has been presented outside of Tate in its 27-year history. The Turner Prize 2011 was awarded to Martin Boyce by photographer Mario Testino

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2010

5 Oct 2010 – 3 Jan 2011

The Turner Prize 2010 was awarded to Susan Philipsz and the prize was presented by Miuccia Prada at Tate Britain

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2009

6 Oct 2009 – 3 Jan 2010

The winner of the Turner Prize 2009 was Richard Wright. Poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy presented the artist with the £25,000 prize

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2008

13 Sep 2008 – 18 Jan 2009

The winner of the Turner Prize 2008 was Mark Leckey. Nick Cave presented the artist with the £25,000 prize

Tate Liverpool Exhibition

Turner Prize 2007

19 Oct 2007 – 13 Jan 2008

The Turner Prize 2007 has been awarded to Mark Wallinger at Tate Liverpool on 3 December 2007. This was the first time the Prize had been held outside of London, forming part of Tate’s programme to celebrate Liverpool as European Capital of Culture 2008. The prize was presented to the artist by Dennis Hopper

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2006

3 Oct 2006 – 14 Jan 2007

The Turner Prize 2006 was awarded to Tomma Abts at Tate Britain on 4 December 2006. The £25,000 prize was presented by Yoko Ono.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2005

18 Oct 2005 – 22 Jan 2006

The Turner Prize 2005 was awarded to Simon Starling. Culture Minister David Lammy presented the artist with the £25,000 prize.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2004

20 Oct – 28 Dec 2004

The Turner Prize is the UK’s most prestigious art award and in 2004, the £25,000 prize was awarded to Jeremy Deller.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2003

29 Oct 2003 – 18 Jan 2004

The Turner Prize 2003 was awarded to Grayson Perry. The £20,000 prize 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.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2002

30 Oct 2002 – 5 Jan 2003

The Turner Prize 2002 was awarded to Keith Tyson.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2001

7 Nov 2001 – 20 Jan 2002

The Turner Prize 2001 was awarded to Martin Creed. The £20,000 prize was presented to the artist by Madonna.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 2000

25 Oct 2000 – 14 Jan 2001

Wolfgang Tillmans has been awarded the Turner Prize 2000. The £20,000 prize was presented to the artist by the fashion designer Paul Smith

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1999

20 Oct 1999 – 23 Jan 2000

Steve McQueen was awarded the Turner Prize 1999 and he recieved the £20,000 prize on 30 November

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1998

28 Oct 1998 – 10 Jan 1999

The Turner Prize 1998 was awarded to Chris Ofili

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1997

29 Oct 1997 – 18 Jan 1998

Gillian Wearing was the winner of the Turner Prize 1997

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1996

29 Oct 1996 – 12 Jan 1997

Douglas Gordon won the Turner Prize 1996. It was the first time the prize was awarded to an artist working with video

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1995

1 Nov – 3 Dec 1995

Damien Hirst won the Turner Prize 1995

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1994

2 Nov – 4 Dec 1994

Antony Gormley won the Turner Prize 1994

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1993

3–28 Nov 1993

Rachel Whiteread was the winner of the Turner Prize 1993

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1992

4–29 Nov 1992

Grenville Davey was the winner of the Turner Prize 1992

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1991

6 Nov – 8 Dec 1991

The Turner Prize 1991 was awarded to Anish Kapoor

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1990

1–30 Nov 1990

The Turner Prize was suspended this year.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1989

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1989

Richard Long was awarded the Turner Prize 1989

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1988

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1988

Tony Cragg was awarded the Turner Prize 1988.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1987

24 Nov 1987

Richard Deacon received the Turner Prize 1987.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1986

14–25 Nov 1986

Gilbert & George won the Turner Prize 1986.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1985

12 Nov 1985

Howard Hodgkin was the winner of the Turner Prize 1985.

Tate Britain Exhibition

Turner Prize 1984

1–30 Nov 1984

Malcolm Morley was the winner of the first Turner Prize, held in 1984

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Turner Prize 2016

27 Sep 2016 – 2 Jan 2017

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