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Artist Helen Marten wins 2016 Turner Prize

Dec 7, 2016 08:32 IST

Multimedia artist Helen Marten on 5 December 2016 won the Turner Prize, which is Britain’s top award for contemporary art. The prize comes with a cash award of about USD 31800.

The Turner Prize is the second prize in a month for Marten, who also won the inaugural Hepworth Prize.

The nominees for the 2016 Turner Prize were Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde.

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Who is Helen Marten?

  • Helen Elizabeth Marten is an English artist based in London.
  • She works in sculpture, video and installation art.
  • She studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at the University of Oxford from 2005 to 2008. Thereafter, she went to Central Saint Martins.
  • Her work has been included in the 56th Venice Biennale and the 20th Biennale of Sydney.
  • She is the winner of the 2012 LUMA Award and the 2011 Prix Lafayette, among others.

About Turner Prize

  • The Turner Prize is an annual prize presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50.
  • It is named after the English painter J. M. W. Turner.
  • Since its beginnings in 1984, the award has become the United Kingdom’s most publicised art award.
  • In 2015, the award was won by Assemble, which are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design.

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