Lubaina Himid wins prestigious Turner Prize for art

Andrea Büttner

Andrea Büttner

Himid won the prize for three shows in Oxford, Bristol and Nottingham.

Lubaina Himid, a key figure of the Black Arts Movement, was named as the victor of this year's Turner Prize for art on Tuesday evening at a ceremony in the northern English city of Hull.

The exhibition of the four shortlisted artists at Ferens Art Gallery has been seen by more than 90,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular Turner Prize shows outside London. Her work - which includes portraits of enslaved people painted on jugs, plates, newspapers, and other domestic objects, as well as full-size cutouts of figures in colorful historical costumes - not only examines the histories of colonialism and the slave trade, but also the way their effects continue to play out in society today.

Born in 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and raised in Blackpool, England, Himid has a background in theater design and holds a Masters of Art in cultural history from the Royal College of Art.

The professor of contemporary art is the first victor of the prestigious award to be aged over 50.

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Himid's work, which includes paintings, prints, drawings and installations, focuses on black creativity, slavery, the African diaspora and racial politics. Himid, meanwhile, was very humble about her plans for the prize money.

Accepting her prize, Himid began by thanking the people of Hull, saying: "First of all to the people who stopped me to wish well". "For all the black women who never did win it even though they had been shortlisted...it feels good for that reason". The award was presented by the British DJ Goldie, who made a point of praising the work of all the short-listed artists (the other nominees were Rosalind Nashashibi, Hurvin Anderson, and Andrea Büttner), according to the Independent.

This year the organisers of the the prize, the Tate, lifted the age restriction on the prize, which had previously been set at 50.

Lubaina Himid has been crowned this year's Turner Prize victor, beating Rosalind Nashashibi, Hurvin Anderson, and Andrea Buttner to take home the £25,000 prize money. Each runner-up receives £5,000.

One of the best-known awards for contemporary artists in the world, the Turner Prize was founded to "promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art".

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