Artist wins Turner Prize with folk song
Published 07/12/2010 | 05:00
Glasgow-born artist Susan Philipsz won the Turner Prize last night for her work 'Lowlands', a recording of her singing three separate versions of a traditional Scottish folk song.
It is the first time a sound installation has even been shortlisted for the prestigious and controversial modern-art prize.
Fashion designer Miuccia Prada presented the artist with the £25,000 (€29,509) prize at a ceremony at Tate Britain in central London.
More than 100 students held a sit-in at the gallery as the great and good of the art world arrived for the ceremony.
The students refused to leave and organised a series of life drawing classes near the entrance to the gallery.
Dean Kenning, one of the protests organisers, said: "It is a protest against fees but it is also about the competitive culture that the Turner represents."