The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art.
The prize is awarded to an artist under fifty, born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation in the twelve months before 6 May 2008.
Nominations are invited each year, and the prize is judged by an independent jury that changes annually. Four artists are shortlisted and they present works in a show normally held at Tate Britain before the winner is announced in December. The artists are not judged on their show at Tate – the decision is based on the work for which they were nominated.
Watch the Turner Prize nominee films:
- David Adjaye, Architect and Director, Adjaye Associates
- Daniel Birnbaum, Director, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt
- Suzanne Cotter, Senior Curator and Deputy Director, Modern Art Oxford
- Jennifer Higgie Editor, Frieze
- Stephen Deuchar Director, Tate Britain and Chair of the Jury
Turner Prize 2008 in quotes
For a prize that has thrived on outraged headlines about unmade beds and lights being turned on and off, the most controversial thing about this year’s prize was its lack of controversy.
Mark Brown, The Guardian, Monday 1 December 2008
Who can’t understand it? I don’t understand who can’t understand it. Critics are middle brow and they want stuff that looks like art and maybe my stuff doesn’t look like art.
Mark Leckey on winning, The Guardian, 2008
There always seemed to be a year of controversy and then a year when the critics said it was dull, the show should be retired and we should all go home. This show is as strong as any I’ve seen.
Nicholas Serota on the Turner Prize 2008