CSM Alumna Laure Prouvost wins the Turner Prize!
Congratulations to Laure Prouvost, who was announced as the winner at the awards ceremony held in Londonderry last night.
The Turner Prize of £25,000 is awarded every year to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or presentation of their work in the preceding 12 months.
Laure said on stage: “I’m not ready, I didn’t expect it at all.”
Graham Ellard, who taught Laure had this to say:
“Laure made fascinating, difficult and often challenging work as an under-graduate Fine Art student at CSM. For those of us who knew her then it has been wonderful to see her inimitable practice grow in complexity, ambition and scope – and for it to gain the attention it wholly deserves”.
Fine Art Programme Director Alex Schady responded:
“The work has a quirky use of humour and combines complex narratives with a strong sense of storytelling to produce a body of work that is both surprising and unpredictable, she is a very deserving winner and I’m delighted that her work is receiving such positive public attention.”
Responses on Twitter included:
Laure Prouvost, with enthusiasm & humility, accepts #TurnerPrize
Best acceptance speech I’ve heard in a long time!
Laure Prouvost explains she is wearing a tea towel on her shoulders, created by school children during a #TurnerPrize workshop last week.
One of the other Turner Prize finalists, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, was also an ex-CSM student who attended our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.