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In age change, artists over 50 among Turner Prize finalists

In age change, artists over 50 among Turner Prize finalists

The prize comes with a cash award worth more than $51,000.

At 62, Himid is eligible for the £25,000 Turner Prize award, after it abolished its ban on over-50s. "The shortlist includes British artists with Jamaican and Palestinian heritage [Anderson and Nashashibi] alongside artists born in Germany and Tanzania [Büttner and Himid], all of whom live and work in the UK".

An exhibition of work by the shortlisted artists will open at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull on 26 September, and the victor of the £25,000 prize will be announced during a ceremony at the gallery on 5 December.

Since 2011 it has been staged outside London every other year. Identity politics, poverty and colonialism are among the subjects explored by the artists.

A Preston artist has made it on to the shortlist for one of the world's biggest art prizes.

The Turner Prize judges said they were "impressed by the depth and maturity of Nashashibi's work, which often examines sites of human occupation and the coded relationships that occur within those spaces - whether a family home or garden, a ship or the Gaza Strip".

Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain and chairman of the Turner Prize jury said the prize had always championed "emerging artists" no matter their age. But it's the work from this Zanzibar-born painter which should really do the talking, nominated for two solo shows in Bristol and Oxford, the former is a huge, colourful installation of life-size figures representing 18th century African slaves at work in the English city.

Andrea Büttner
An installation view of Andrea Buttner's Gesamtzusammenhang

Buttner is a multidisciplinary artist, working with wood, glass, video and sculpture. Another work, Cotton.com, imagined conversations between the cotton workers of Lancashire and the slaves of SC. Turner judges described him as "an outstanding British painter whose art speaks to our current political moment with questions about identity and belonging".

Nashashibi was born in Croydon, brought up in Liverpool and studied in Glasgow.

Also shortlisted are Rosalind Nashashibi, 43, who is a film artist and painter known for her 2015 piece entitled "Electrical Gaza", and Andrea Buttner, 45, who works across a range of mediums including painting and woodcuts, often dealing with themes of religion and botany.

She's also nominated for her contribution to the Documenta 14 exhibition in Athens, including a film about mother-and-daughter artists in self-imposed exile in Guatemala.

Her exhibition in Switzerland focussed on a series of woodcuts and includes a film about nuns in a religious order who operate a stall at an amusement park in Rome.

The exhibition of work by this year's shortlisted artists runs at the Ferens gallery in Hull - the UK's City of Culture for 2017 - from 26 September to 7 January.


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