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Launch of arts awards draws bitter protests

Robert Dex in London

Published 05/10/2010 | 05:00

The UK's most prestigious and controversial modern art award was launched today, amid protests by photographers and artists alike.

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The launch of the annual Turner Prize at Tate Britain, in central London, was initially boycotted by photographers, after they were asked to sign a form which said they could not publish any images or words which would "result in any adverse publicity" for the Tate.

There was also a separate protest outside the gallery by a group of artists, calling themselves 'The Stuckists', who said the shortlisted work was "pretentious and vacuous".

Brian Sewell, art critic for London's 'Evening Standard', said: "They are quite prickly about the Turner Prize, because they are mocked about it year after year."

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