The winner of Turner Prize 2022 will be announced by singer and artist Holly Johnson at a ceremony at St George’s Hall, Liverpool on 7th December.
Turner Prize 2022, with work by the four nominated artists: Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan and Sin Wai Kin, is currently on show at Tate Liverpool until 19 March. The prize has returned to the city for the first time in 15 years having helped launch the city’s year as European Capital of Culture.
One of the world’s best-known prizes for the visual arts, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. The Turner Prize award is £55,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £10,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.
Born near Penny Lane in Wavertree, Liverpool, Holly Johnson HonDocArts is an artist, musician, and writer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood and is renowned for writing the songs, Relax, The Power of Love and Two Tribes. Johnson is also an artist and has exhibited paintings at Tate Liverpool, in the 2000 exhibition Peter Blake: About Collage, and has also shown work at the Royal Academy and Liverpool Biennial.
The members of the Turner Prize 2022 jury are Irene Aristizábal, Head of Curatorial and Public Practice, BALTIC; Christine Eyene, Lecturer in Contemporary Art, Liverpool John Moores University; Robert Leckie, Director, Spike Island; and Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery.
The Turner Prize 2022 is curated by Sarah James, Senior Curator, Tate Liverpool, and Matthew Watts, Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool.
The winner announcement will be broadcast live on the BBC at 19:45 on 7th December. The Turner Prize 2022 Award Dinner is supported by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and will be catered by The Art School.
The Turner Prize 2022 is supported by BNP Paribas with additional support from Taylor Wessing, Avanti West Coast, Mylands, Sennheiser, The John Browne Charitable Trust, The Uggla Family Foundation and Roisin and James Timpson OBE.
The Turner Prize 2022 Award Dinner is supported by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
HEATHER PHILLIPSON presents RUPTURE NO 6: biting the blowtorched peach, 2022. Reimagining her 2020 Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries commission, Phillipson conjures what she calls ‘a maladapted ecosystem, an insistent atmosphere.’ Charged with colour, video and kinetic sculpture, and augmented with a brand-new audio composition, Phillipson proposes her space at Tate Liverpool as alive and happening in a parallel time-zone. It is, she says, ‘a whole new season’. Phillipson’s audacious and wide-ranging practice often involves collisions of wildly different materials, media and gestures in what she describes as ‘quantum thought experiments’.
INGRID POLLARD works primarily in photography, but also sculpture, film and sound to question our relationship with the natural world and interrogate ideas such as Britishness, race and sexuality. For the Turner Prize, Pollard presents Seventeen of Sixty Eight 2018, developed from decades of research into racist depictions of ‘the African’ on pub signs, ephemeral objects, within literature and in surrounding landscapes. Bow Down and Very Low – 123 2021 includes a trio of kinetic sculptures using everyday objects to reference power dynamics though their gestures, while the photo series DENY: IMAGINE: ATTACK 1991 and SILENCE 2019 look at the language of power, both emotional and physical.
VERONICA RYAN presents cast forms in clay and bronze; sewn and tea-stained fabrics; and bright neon crocheted fishing line pouches filled with a variety of seeds, fruit stones and skins to reference displacement, fragmentation and alienation. Rather than having fixed meanings, Ryan’s work is typically open to a wide variety of readings, as implied by titles such as Multiple Conversations 2019–21 or Along a Spectrum 2021. Made during a residency at Spike Island, the forms she creates take recognisable elements and materials – such as fruit, takeaway food containers, feathers, or paper – and reconfigure them, exploring ecology, history and dislocation, as well as the psychological impact of the pandemic.
SIN WAI KIN brings fantasy to life through storytelling in performance, moving image, and ephemera. Their work realises fictional narratives to describe lived realities of desire, identification, and consciousness. For the Turner Prize, Sin presents three films, including A Dream of Wholeness in Parts 2021 in which traditional Chinese philosophy and dramaturgy intersects with contemporary drag, music and poetry; In It’s Always You 2021 the artist adopts the roles of four boyband members, striving to take on the multiplicity of identities that transcend constructed binaries, while Today’s Top Stories, sees Sin playing the character of The Storyteller, posing as a news anchor who recites philosophical propositions on existence, consciousness, naming and identity.