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CSM Alumna Laure Prouvost wins the Turner Prize!

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Published date 03 December 2013

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.

More information:
BA Fine Art course page
BBC News report
Guardian report
Laure Prouvost’s website

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