About the Turner Prize 2003
2003 marked the 20th year of the Turner Prize, widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe. The Turner Prize was established by the Tate Patrons of New Art to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art. The £20,000 prize was presented during a live broadcast by Channel 4 on Sunday 7 December 2003.
The shortlisted artists
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.
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.
- Richard Calvocoressi, Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh
- Frank Cohen, collector
- Chrissie Iles, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
- Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate
- Andrew Wilson, art historian, critic and curator