Turner Prize 2018

Art and activism

Established by the Tate in 1984, this £25,000 visual-arts prize recognises outstanding exhibited work by British born or based artists. Named after J.M.W Turner, whose painting style and subject matter was regarded as both innovative and controversial in his day, the prize is known for sparking debate about the nature of contemporary art.

Politics, personal as much as global, spatial as much as temporal, are at the core of the selected artists’ work

Adrian Searle, The Guardian

This year all four of the artists use video and moving images to respond to pressing social, political and humanitarian issues. The shortlisted candidates are: 

  • Forensic Architecture

A team of architects, filmmakers, investigative journalists and lawyers (among others), Forensic Architecture investigates human rights violations across the world – presenting their findings through video, animation and 3D modelling.

  • Naeem Mohaiemen

Combining autobiography and family history, Naeem Mohaiemen’s work responds to the impact of post-WWII decolonisation and how national borders have shaped people’s lives.

  • Charlotte Prodger

Using media that span the history of video recording, from old camcorders to the latest iPhone, Prodger examines what happens to speech and self-representation across time, space and technology.

  • Luke Willis Thompson

With recent work including Autoportrait – a black and white silent film portrait of Diamond Reynolds, who witnessed the fatal shooting of her partner by a police officer – Luke Willis Thompson explores state and police power, and racial and social inequality.


Following a thoughtful and rigorous debate, this year’s jury has chosen an outstanding group of artists, all of whom are tackling the most pressing political and humanitarian issues of today

Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain

Each year’s Turner Prize is awarded by a fresh panel of independent judges, which includes leading creative minds, curators and critics from the British art world and beyond. Past winners have included Rachel Whiteread, who in 1993 became the first woman to win the Turner Prize for her monumental sculpture, House. Two years later, Damien Hirst claimed the accolade for his infamous Mother and Child Divided – a bisected cow and calf suspended in formaldehyde.

2018’s winner will be announced live at the Turner Prize award ceremony in December. Before then, and until early January, visitors can view the works in contention at Tate Britain.

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26 September 2018 – 6 January 2019


Tate Britain