This year the Turner Prize celebrates 30 years of challenging our sensibilities with four emerging artist and no big name players. Intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art, the Turner Prize is awarded annually to an artist under fifty living in Britain for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of his or her work in the previous year. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.
The Turner Prize 2014 exhibition will take place at Tate Britain from 30 September 2014 to 4 January 2015. The finalists for 2014 are: Duncan Campbell (born 1972) for his presentation It for Others in Scotland + Venice at the 55th Venice Biennale, Ciara Phillips (born 1976) for her solo exhibition at The Showroom, London, James Richards (born 1983) for his contribution to The Encyclopaedic Palace at the 55th Venice Biennale, Tris Vonna-Michell (born 1982) for his solo exhibition Postscript II (Berlin) at Jan Mot, Brussels.
It has been three decades since Malcolm Morley won the prize, for his Post Pop images of ships and horses. The question remains, does anyone remember Morley at all? The Turner Prize captures the zeitgeist of any given year and period. This is its main legacy. Good, bad or indifferent, it is always an interesting competition which occasionally produces a memorable winner.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 1 December 2014.