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2015 Turner Prize Winner Announced

The winner of this year’s Tate-presented Turner Prize is the artists’ group Assemble. The London-based group is best known for working with communities to realize a ground up approach to regeneration, city planning, and development in opposition to corporate gentrification.

“We have no hierarchy. We’re all founders, directors and workers and laborers and everything across the scale,” members of Assemble told Artforum.com’s Agnieszka Gratza. Speaking to Gratza upon receiving their prize, they said, “Sometimes we are plumbers. Or campaigners. This is the more glamorous version of our existence.” (For more on the collective’s work, see Esther Choi’s essay in the November issue of Artforum.)

The prize comes with about $37,600 and was given out this year in Scotland for the first time ever at the Tramway in Glasgow. The jury for this edition consisted of Alistair Hudson, director of the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Kyla McDonald, artistic director at Glasgow Sculpture Studios; Joanna Mytkowska, the director at the Museum Sztuki Nowoczesnej; Jan Verwoert, critic and curator; and was chaired by Alex Farquharson, director at Tate Britain.

According to Gratza, Hudson explained, “There are a whole range of collective operations, of activism, politically and socially motivated art practices that ... can actually only be achieved through collective working.” He noted, “That social way of art working is perhaps something that’s not been recognized by the Turner Prize historically. And if you’re looking around, [and] the projects ... are really having effect in the world, then we should take note of something like this.”

The exhibition of all nominees shortlisted for the prize continues at Tramway through January 17, 2016.

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