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Friday 08 December 2023

Jesse Darling Announced As Winner Of The Turner Prize 2023 @ Towner Eastbourne

The Turner Prize 2023 has been awarded to Jesse Darling. The winner of the £25,000 prize was announced at a ceremony presented by musician, creative and broadcaster Tinie Tempah at Eastbourne's Winter Garden, adjacent to Towner Eastbourne, the hosts of this year's prize.
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The jury commended all four nominated artists for their distinct and affecting presentations. 

Together their varied practices, so well represented in their Turner Prize presentations, are grounded in the realities of the world today, often giving voice to themes of uncertainty and vulnerability. 

Their work brings immediacy to the issues they respond to, realising these themes in powerful and unexpected ways.

They awarded the prize to Jesse Darling. His recent practice encompasses sculpture, installation, text and drawing. 

The jury commended his use of materials and commonplace objects like concrete, welded barriers, hazard tape, office files and net curtains, to convey a familiar yet delirious world. 

Invoking societal breakdown, his presentation unsettles perceived notions of labour, class, Britishness and power.

One of the best-known visual arts prizes in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. 

The prize is awarded to an artist born or based in the UK, for an outstanding exhibition or presentation of their work in the past twelve months. 

The shortlisted artists for 2023 were: Jesse Darling, Ghislaine Leung, Rory Pilgrim and Barbara Walker.

An exhibition of the four shortlisted artists is at Towner Eastbourne until 14 April 2024. It is curated by Noelle Collins, Exhibitions and Offsite Curator at Towner Eastbourne. 

This year's prize is presented as part of Towner 100, a year-long celebration of arts and culture across Eastbourne and Sussex marking the centenary of Towner Eastbourne.
 
The prize will mark its 40th anniversary next year, returning to Tate Britain for the first time since 2018.

by: Mike Cobley




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