UAL alumni nominated for Turner Prize 2022
Yesterday, Tate Liverpool announced the 4 shortlisted nominees for its Turner Prize 2022. Out of the 4 nominees, 3 artists are University of the Arts London (UAL) graduates - Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard and Sin Wai Kin.
This further strengthens the University’s connection with British art’s most high-profile award, having trained nearly half of all the winners and nominees in the 38 years since the awards began.
About the nominees
Ingrid Pollard is a 1985 graduate from BA Film and Video, London College of Printing (now London College of Communication, UAL).
Pollard's nomination is for her solo exhibition Carbon Slowly Turning at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes. Working primarily in photography, but also sculpture, film and sound, the exhibition builds on her career-long enquiry into the figure moving through space.
Heather Phillipson completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Drawing in 2004 from Central Saint Martins, UAL, and is nominated for exhibitions at Tate Britain, London and her Fourth Plinth commission, THE END.
Phillipson’s wide-ranging practice involves collisions of wildly different materials, media and gestures. Her Tate Britain commission, Rupture No 1: blowtorching the bitten peach, reimagined the central Duveen galleries as a sequence of “charged ecosystems, maladaptive seasons and unearthed lifeforms”.
Sin Wai Kin
Sin Wai Kin graduated in 2014 with a BA Drawing from Camberwell College of Arts, UAL.
They are nominated for their involvement in the British Art Show 9 and their solo presentation at Blindspot Gallery, Frieze London Sin’s work brings fantasy to live through storytelling in performance, moving image, writing and print. Their film Dream of Wholeness in Parts 2021 combined traditional Chinese philosophy and dramaturgy with contemporary drag, music and poetry.
“As a student Sin did drag performance outside their studies. The performance of identity started to emerge in their final year, mainly through sculpture installation, though I do recall a film that involved the seasoning of an omelette with glitter, that looking back, was surely a precursor of what was to come.
“In recent years, it's been great having Sin Wai Kin back, contributing to undergraduate fine art at Camberwell. Last year, they created a terrific one-day project brief for new first years, at the height of Covid restrictions, and in a follow-up discussion with students, was so articulate about the importance of experimentation and risk within the art education. Students were so encouraged by their work and what they had to say.”
Kelly Chorpening, Programme Director Fine Art: Undergraduate Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
About the Turner Prize
One of the world’s best-known prizes for the visual arts, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. Established in 1984, the prize is named after the radical British painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). The Turner Prize winner is awarded £25,000 with £10,000 going to each of the others shortlisted.
An exhibition of work by this year’s shortlisted artists will be held at Tate Liverpool from 20 October 2022 to 19 March 2023. The winner will be announced in December at an award ceremony in Liverpool.