Launch of arts awards draws bitter protests
The UK's most prestigious and controversial modern art award was launched today, amid protests by photographers and artists alike.
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."