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UAL alumna makes Turner Prize 2017 history

Published date
06 Dec 2017

Lubaina Himid, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL alumna was announced as winner of the Turner Prize 2017 on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at a ceremony in Hull.

At 63, Himid has become the oldest winner of the Turner Prize, as the first artist over the age of 50, following the Turner’s decision to remove the age limit this year. She is also the first black woman to win the £25,000 prize – cementing her place in Turner Prize history.

Tackling racial politics and the legacy of slavery, the Turner Prize panel praised her “her expansive and exuberant approach to painting which combines satire and a sense of theatre”.

Her work graced the cover of Frieze magazine in January 2017 and it is for her recent shows ‘Invisible Strategies’ at Modern Art Oxford, and ‘Navigation Charts’ at Spike Island, Bristol, that she has been awarded the Turner Prize.

Lubaina Himid/ Spike Island

Although trained as a theatre set designer at Wimbledon College of Arts, Himid paints, draws and creates installations that celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora while challenging institutional invisibility

The judges praised her “uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today”.

A further £5,000 was awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists, including Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL alumnus, painter Hurvin Anderson, film-maker Rosalind Nashashibi and multimedia artist Andrea Büttner.

Himid joins the long list of UAL Turner Prize winners. Over half of all Turner Prize winners since its inception in 1984 are UAL alumni or current staff.

To find out more about painting at Wimbledon, visit the BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting course page.

To find out more about theatre design at Wimbledon, visit the BA (Hons) Theatre Design course page.