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Turner Prize shortlist revealed at Tate Liverpool

The shortlist for this year’s Turner Prize has been revealed in a special launch at Tate Liverpool.

The Royal Albert Dock gallery will host the prestigious arts prize this October – 15 years after it last staged it ahead of the start of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year.

The 2022 shortlist is: Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan and Sin Wai Kin.

Londoner Heather Phillipson was nominated for her solo exhibition at Tate Britain, RUPTURE NO: 1 blowtorching the bitter peach, and for THE END, her commission for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, a giant replica of a swirl of whipped cream with a cherry on top but also a giant black fly and a drone embedded in it.

Phillipson’s wide-ranging practice encompasses video, sculpture, installation, music composition, digital media and poetry (she is an award-winning poet) and her work often involves collisions of wildly different imagery, materials and media.

Above: Heather Phillipson's THE END. Photo by David Parry/PA Wire. Top: Tate Liverpool. Photo by Andrew Dunkley and Mark Heathcote

Ingrid Pollard, who was born in Georgetown in Guyana, was nominated for her solo exhibition Carbon Slowly Turning at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes.

Pollard works primarily in photography, but also in sculpture, film and sound and her practice questions our relationship with the natural world and interrogates ideas such as Britishness, race and sexuality.

Veronica Ryan, born in Plymouth on the island of Montserrat, was nominated for her solo exhibition Along a Spectrum, which arose from a residency at Spike Island in Bristol, and her Hackney Windrush Art Commission in London.

Ryan creates sculptural objects and installations using containers, compartments and combinations of natural and fabricated forms to reference displacement, fragmentation and alienation.

Above: Veronica Ryan's Above a Spectrum at Spike Island. Photo by Max McClure.

And Sin Wan Kin was nominated for involvement in the British Art Show 9 and a solo presentation at Blindspot Gallery, Frieze London.

The Canadian artist, formerly known as Victoria Sin, brings fantasy to life through storytelling in performance, moving image, writing and print, realising fictional narratives t describe lived realities of desire, identification and consciousness.

Tate Liverpool director Helen Legg, who is co-chair of the 2022 Turner Prize jury, said: “This year the jury has chosen an outstanding group of artists reflecting the diversity of work being made across the UK.

“Although all the artists are very different, through their four practices they situate themselves in the contemporary moment. These are four urgent and distinctive voices which speak of the world in which we live today.

“It’s a really rich and fascinating shortlist.”

The Turner Prize was established in 1984. It aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art, and is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work.

Tate Liverpool became the first gallery outside London to host the prize in 2007 when it was awarded to Mark Wallinger who was nominated for his exhibition StateBritain at Tate Britain. The late actor and artist Dennis Hopper announced the winner.

The Turner Prize exhibition will be at Tate Liverpool from October 20 to March 19, 2023.


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