Sunday 30 April 2017

Artist wins Turner Prize with folk song

Two women stand and talk amongst Susan Philipsz's artwork, 'Lowlands', which won the Turner Prize last night
Two women stand and talk amongst Susan Philipsz's artwork, 'Lowlands', which won the Turner Prize last night

Robert Dex in London

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."

Irish Independent

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