Turner Prize

Helen Marten Won the Turner Prize only the seventh female winner where 29% of shortlisted artists and 39% of jurors have been women.

So who might be possible nominees for 2017?


Lucy McKenzie

The work of Lucy McKenzie challenges the role of the artist by blurring the boundaries between art, design and life. Her work consists of installation, sculpture curating, painting, illustration, writing fiction, fashion design and interior design. She uses traditional techniques like trompe-l’oeil and decorative painting as an important facet of her work. She drawings from a wide variety of sources, her work is rich with references to art history, present-day culture, politics, pornography and crime drama.

After her BA at Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College McKenzie studied at Karlsruhe Kunstakademie. In 1999 she won the EAST award at EASTinternational. She exhibited at Tate Britain, Kunsthalle Basel, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Venice Biennale, The Art Institute of Chicago, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the MoMA and the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven.

She lives and works in Brussels and is a guest teacher painting at the Düsseldorf Art school.


Rachel Maclean

Wearing colorful make-up and costumes Rachel Maclean creates grotesque personalities and imaginary realms to construct narratives with a comedic touch. Investigating politics, society and identity using film and photography and computer generated locations,  borrowing audio from film and television.

She studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Maclean received the Margaret Tait Award for her contribution to Glasgow Film Festival In 2013 and was shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award. Maclean has exhibited at the Zabludowicz Collection, Collective Gallery,  Generator Projects Dundee, State Museum of Urban Sculpture St Petersburg, Tramway Glasgow, Kunstarkaden Munich, Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Academy,  and as part of GI (Glasgow International) Festival.


Lucy Skaer

Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in April 2009, but lost to Richard Wright.

Lucy Skaer’s works often depicts relationships between abstraction and the direct material nature of objects. Many of her works are replicas of historical objects which are translated and re-contextualized in new mediums. Skaer’s work has had a particularly strong engagement with images and historical objects depicting archaeology, Neolithic architecture, ecology, the British and Empire. Many of her works intervene with public spaces. She was shortlisted for the Beck’s Futures prize in 2003.

Skaer graduated with a BA with Honors Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art from in 1997. She exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Fruitmarket Gallery, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, The Centre Pompidou, 2010, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York.

Olivia Plender

Olivia Plender’s makes architectural installations and performances, videos and comics. She researches history and investigates the ideology the narration thereof and more recent changing attitudes to value and education. She examines post-Ford service-based economies and the social relations and the commodification of knowledge thereof. Her work deals with the changing identity of the industrialist and the collapse of the discrepancy between recreation and work.

Plender was co-editor of Untitled Magazine from 2002 until it closed in 2008. She exhibitioned  at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Tate Britain, Gasworks Gallery, Marabou Parken Stockholm, Athens Biennial, Busan Biennial and PS1/ MoMA, New York.


Polly Morgan

Taxidermy artist Polly Morgan did not study art. She arranges animals in both realistic and fantastical compositions and sculptures that range from elegiac to eerie. Her work ranges from very small to very big employing abstraction and romance to communicate stories about her once-living subjects. Miniature baroque chandeliers hang under bell jars and light the tiny, perfectly arranged bodies of blue tits and baby chicks. Morgan pays homage to the exquisite beauty and delicacy of animals.

She exhibited at the Horniman Museum, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Esbjerg Art Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery London, ACC Galerie Weimar, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Zabludowicz Collection, Me Collectors Room Berlin, Haunch of Venison, White Cube Gallery and Shoreditch Town Hall.

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