“The Chelsea BA Fine Art course staff are delighted to hear about James Richards’ Turner Prize 2014 nomination. It’s fantastic that an artist who graduated from the course so recently has been acknowledged in this way. James is a really fascinating artist-filmmaker whose work is genuinely innovative.” So comments Chelsea’s Programme Director BA Fine Art, Martin Newth, on the news that Chelsea alumnus James Richards has been nominated for the 2014 Turner Prize.
A graduate of BA Fine Art, Richards was announced as one of the four nominees for this year’s most prestigious art prize. The Turner Prize shortlist is selected by a starry judging panel, chaired by Tate Britain director, Penelope Curtis. The Independent report that “Richards specialises in “lyrical, non-narrative film” using film archives and still images. His editing style was described as being “much more in common with musical composition than narrative cinema””. The Guardian observe that Richards “is shortlisted for his show in Venice in which he “created poetic meditations on the pleasure, sensuality and the voyeurism that is within the act of looking””.
UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of CCW Chris Wainwright was interviewed by the BBC as the names were announced, commenting that: “All of the artists to varying degrees are very hard to categorise. There are four artists here who are not household names as far as the traditional art establishment goes.”
Speaking about the proliferation of work which draws on internet, sound and video material, Chris says: “If you go back through history you can see all kinds of innovation and materials that artists have employed. Artists are using new means of working. That’s a strong message that will engender some outrage but there’s nothing new with that. It’s to be expected.”
The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 17 April 2014 and is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art. All the nominees will be exhibiting at Tate Britain, with the winner announced on 1 December.