Turner Prize 2003
Tate Britain: Exhibition
29 October 200318 January 2004
Part of the series Turner Prize
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  • Grayson Perry Village of Penians 2001

    Grayson Perry
    Village of Penians 2001

    Courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, London

  • Turner Prize 2003, Chapman installation view

    Jake and Dinos Chapman
    Installation view with: (background) Insult to Injury 2003; (middle) Sex 2003; (foreground) Death 2003

    Courtesy Jay Jopling/White Cube (London)
    © the artists

  • Willie Doherty RE-RUN  2002

    Willie Doherty RE-RUN  (details) 2002
    Video installation with projection on two screens

    Courtesy the artist, Matt’s Gallery, London and Alexander and Bonin, New York

  • Anya Gallaccio because I could not stop  2000

    Anya Gallaccio
    because I could not stop  2000
    Installation at Lehmann Maupin, New York 

    Private Collection/courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York

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 winner

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.

The judges

  • 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