Turner Prize 2022: women and non-binary artists shortlisted for art prize

This year’s shortlist of names has been announced for the Turner Prize, Britain’s most prestigious visual arts prize, which will be awarded to the Tate Gallery in Liverpool.

The four nominees are:

Heather Phillipson, who works with different materials and through media, in what she calls “quantum thought experiments”. His commission for the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square in London was called THE END, features a giant ice cream topped with a cherry, plus a fly and drone perched on the side. It was “expanded for its ultimate size and context – one in which the surrounding architecture and its population participate in an ill-scaled landscape, magnifying the mundane, and our cohabitation with other forms of life, to apocalyptic proportions”, she said.

Ingrid Pollardborn in Guyana, was nominated for her solo exhibition Carbon spins slowly at the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. Pollard works primarily in photography, but also works in sculpture, film and sound, and his work questions our relationship with the natural world and interrogates ideas such as Britishness, race and sexuality.

Veronique Ryan was nominated for her solo exhibition along a spectrum, at Spike Island in Bristol, and his Hackney Windrush Art Commission in London. Ryan creates sculptural objects and installations using containers, compartments and combinations of natural and fabricated forms to reference displacement, fragmentation and alienation. Along a Spectrum “examines environmental and sociopolitical concerns, personal narratives, history and displacement, as well as the broader psychological implications” of the COVID pandemic, the gallery notes.

Sin Wai Kin is nominated for his involvement in the British Art Exhibition 9and their solo presentation at Blindspot Gallery, Frieze London. Sin brings fantasy to life through storytelling in performance, moving image, writing and print. Drawing on their own experience existing between binary categories, their work constructs fictional narratives to describe lived realities of desire, identification, and consciousness.

What is the Turner Prize?

Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is considered the UK’s most important award for visual artists. Winners receive £25,000, while £5 goes to each of the other shortlisted artists.

The award is given to a British artist, and this can mean an artist working primarily in Britain, or an artist born in Britain but working around the world. The award focuses on their recent work, rather than being a lifetime achievement award.

Every two years, a venue outside of Tate Britain in London hosts the award. Previous host galleries were in Newcastle, Hull, Derry/Londonderry, Margate and Coventry.

Some past winners include household names in the art world, including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst.

Christopher S. Washington