Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize 2017
Praised by the Turner prize judges for 'addressing pertinent questions of personal and political identity', Lubaina Himid, 62, makes history for being the oldest as well as the first black women to win the prestigious award.
For the first time in the Turner Prize’s history, the 50-year old age limit has been lifted, with the jury acknowledging that ‘artists can experience a breakthrough in their work at any stage’.
Awarded annually to an artist born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding artistic contribution over the last twelve months, the Turner Prize reflects the best of British Art today.
This year's three runners up were:
Painter Hurvin Anderson, 52, German-born artist Andrea Buttner, 45, and film-artist and painter Rosalind Nashashibi, 43.
A key member of the British Black Arts movement in the 1980s, Himid made her name as both a painter and curator of overlooked Black-female artists. Recognised for her ability to address colonial history, racism and institutional invisibility in her work, she is one of the most important activist artists working today.
Through paintings, prints, drawings, life-size cut-outs and installations, Himid celebrates Black creativity, identity and heritage in all its diversity.
Praised by the Turner prize judges for 'addressing pertinent questions of personal and political identity', Lubaina Himid is one of the most important activist artists working today.
Hamid was named the winner at a ceremony in Hull, currently UK City of Culture.
An unsung hero, Himid was nominated for her solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford and Spike Island Bristol.