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Central Saint Martins, UAL graduate Jesse Darling has won the 2023 Turner Prize

  • Written byEleanor Harvey
  • Published date 06 December 2023
Jesse Darling at Turner Prize 2023, Towner Eastbourne. Photo courtesy PA (David Parry)

Congratulations to sculptor Jesse Darling, who has won the 2023 Turner Prize. Jesse graduated from BA Fine Art: Sculpture, Central Saint Martins in 2010.

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, next to Towner Eastbourne, the hosts of this year’s prize.

Alex, Tinie Tempah, Joe Hill and Jesse Darling standing, smiling in front of a sign that says 'Towner Eastbourne Turner Prize 2023'
Alex Farquharson, Tinie Tempah, Joe Hill and Jesse Darling at Turner Prize 2023 Awards Ceremony. Photo by Victor Frankowski, Hello Content

About Jesse Darling 

He was nominated for his solo exhibitions No Medals, No Ribbons at Modern Art Oxford and Enclosures at Camden Art Centre. Jesse’s recent practice encompasses sculpture, installation, text and drawing.

No Medals, No Ribbons is the largest presentation of his work to date, in which materials and commonplace objects convey a familiar yet delirious world. Invoking societal breakdown, his presentation unsettles the ideas of labour, class, Britishness and power.

Photo of Jesse's installation featuring steel barriers, office files,  plastic bags and other everyday materials
Installation view of Jesse Darling at Towner Eastbourne, 2023. Photograph: Angus Mill

Turner Prize 2023 shortlisted artists 

Another of the shortlisted artists was Rory Pilgrim, a 2008 BA Fine Art graduate from Chelsea College of Art. The other artists shortlisted were Ghislaine Leung and Barbara Walker.

The jury commended all 4 nominated artists for their distinct and affecting presentations. Together their varied practices 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.

In 2022, 3 out of the 4 shortlisted artists were University of the Arts London graduates.

Close-up of steel rollercoaster coming out of the wall. With office files on shelves in the background
Installation view of Jesse Darling at Towner Eastbourne, 2023. Photograph: Angus Mill

About the Turner Prize 

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.

An exhibition of the 4 shortlisted artists is at Towner Eastbourne until 14 April 2024

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