Ex-pupil up for Turner Prize

A former Berwick High School pupil is one of the four finalists in this year's prestigious Turner Prize.

Thursday, 24th November 2016, 08:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 09:27 am
Josephine Pryde

Joesphine Pryde’s work is currently being exhibited at Tate Britain ahead of the winner being announced on December 5.

Former head of art John Holmes recalled: “Josephine was at BHS and studied A-Level art in the late 80s and was a creative, exceptional pupil, going on to take her degree in art at Wimbledon Art College.”

One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.

Josephine uses photography and sculpture to explore the nature of image making and display. For the Turner Prize, she has created new works using domestic kitchen worktops.

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To make these pieces, Pryde placed objects on the back of the worktops and then exposed them to sunlight in London, Athens and Berlin. The resulting marks are reminiscent of photograms, a cameraless photographic technique developed by early photographers but often associated with experimental 20th century photography.

The New Media Express in a Temporary Siding (Baby Wants To Ride) is a scale model of a Class 66 diesel locomotive and carriages in DB Schenker livery. The carriages are tagged by graffiti artists from the cities in which the train has previously been exhibited.

Pryde’s ongoing series of photographs, Hands Für Mich, resemble fashion or advertising images. They are closely cropped and focus on the models’ upper body and hands.