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Preston artist’s work goes on display in Turner Prize battle

Posted on - 28th September, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Events, News, UCLan
Professor Lubaina Himid’s work on display in Hull
Professor Lubaina Himid’s work on display in Hull

A Preston artist’s work has gone on display in Hull vying to win the Turner Prize.

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The UK’s city of culture is playing host to the four shortlisted pieces of art.

University of Central Lancashire professor Lubaina Himid MBE has her work hanging on the walls.

She is up against fellow artists Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Buttner and Rosalind Nashashibi for one of the biggest prizes in world arts.

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Professor Himid, one of the pioneers of the British black arts movement in the 1980s, said: “I need to do it because there are stories that need to be told, there are stories that aren’t being told, there are gaps in history that are not being filled and there are gaps in education that aren’t being served by the system we live in. I only know how to paint.

“So rather than being a politician or a historian that’s what I do.”

Lubaina Himid has spoken of her love for Preston
Lubaina Himid has spoken of her love for Preston

Judges have praised Prof Himid’s work for ‘addressing pertinent questions of personal and political identity’.

Turner Prize curator Sacha Craddock said: “The students in Preston must feel immensely proud of her; she is successful in so many ways at the moment and having the most amazing time with exhibitions all over the world.

“Working as a curator with Lubaina has been amazing. She is very clear about what she wants her work to do and say and the best way to do it. The display and presentation is very much her decision. It’s been fascinating and I’ve learned a lot.”

Read more: What you can see at this year’s Preston Arts Festival

The winner of the Turner Prize will be announced on 5 December in a live broadcast on the BBC.

The shortlist for the Turner Prize can be seen on display at Hull’s Ferens Art Fallery until 7 January 2018.

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