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Chiwetel Ejiofor (left) with the Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell

Chiwetel Ejiofor (left) with the Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell

Chiwetel Ejiofor (left) with the Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell

A DUBLINER has won this year's prestigious Turner Prize - one of the top accolades in the British cultural calendar.

Duncan Campbell, now based in Glasgow, saw off stiff opposition to land the €31,000 prize.

His winning video, It for Others, inspired by themes from African art, and including a Karl Marx-inspired dance sequence, was described by the judges as "an ambitious and complex film".

Mr Campbell was presented with the prize by 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor.

"This money will make a huge difference to me, even being nominated for the prize has given me great heart," Mr Campbell said.

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This year's prize fund is €52,000, with €31,000 going to the winner and €6,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

Previous winners of the Turner Prize include the highly regarded British artist Damien Hirst.

The competition was established in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art and the winner must be aged under 50.

The judges take into account who has put on the most competitive exhibition during the previous 12 months.

Campbell's father is sculptor Patrick Campbell, the owner of the Bewley's group.

He is also a brother of actress Kelly Campbell.

A display of this year's entries is on show in London's Tate Galkery until January 4.

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