At 62-years-old, Himid becomes the oldest person to ever win the Turner Prize, 2017 being the first year since the introduction of a rule change allowing artists over the age of 50 to compete. Recent solo exhibitions include Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol, UK and Invisible Strategies, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK (both 2017).
"The jury also acknowledged her role as an influential curator and educator who continues to speak urgently to the moment". From 1986-1990 Himid was director of the Elbow Room and has curated exhibitions including Carte de Visite, Hollybush Gardens, London, UK (2015); The Thin Black Line, ICA, London, UK (1986); and Critical, Donald Rodney, Rochdale Art Gallery, Rochdale, UK (1989). Her paintings, prints, drawings, and installations are now in the collections of Tate, the Whitworth Art Gallery, and the Leeds City Museum, among other institutions.
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Asked about her age, she said: "I've 63 years behind me".
Himid faced stiff competition from Anderson, 52, best known for work that explores ideas of identity, as inspired by his Jamaican immigrant parents, often in depictions of Afro-Caribbean barbershops. While Rosalind Nashashibi, 44, made films focused on tense human situations in far-flung places, such as an abortive trip to the Gaza Strip, to quite haunting effect.
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This year's shortlist was also noted for being one of the most diverse. Maybe 15 years worth of painting if I work it at it? Each runner-up receives £5,000. "On winning the £25,000 cheque, she said she would use the money to help support emerging artists, adding: ". and I might buy the odd pair of shoes". The jury wanted to put spotlight on a series of authors in mature stage of ir careers that, although y connect with public, y have been marginalized by cultural elites because of ir multiculturalism and, often, as women, as President has emphasized and Director of Tate Britain, Alex Farquharson.
The exhibition of the four shortlisted artists at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull has already been seen by more than 90,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular Turner Prize shows outside London.
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Winners have included Damien Hirst in 1995 with pieces including a rotting cow's head, and Chris Ofili, who incorporated elephant dung into his paintings in 1998.