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.
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.