Former Berwick artist in residence wins Turner Prize

The 2017 Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival artist in residence has won the prestigious Turner Prize.

Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 12:38 pm
Charlotte Prodger

Charlotte Prodger, 44, had a six-month artist residency in Berwick, which marked the beginning of an open-ended period of research into an idea of ‘queer rurality’.

The Glasgow-based artist, won the annual art award – and its £25,000 prize – for two of her videos.

One of those, titled Bridgit, was filmed entirely on her phone and features her reading from her diaries.

Her highly personal film recalls her experiences of coming out as gay in rural Scotland.

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The judges said they ‘admired the painterly quality of Bridgit and the attention it paid to art history’ and the way it ‘explores lived experience as mediated through technologies and histories’.

Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson, who chaired the jury, said the winning artwork ‘seems to make a lot of points for a younger generation’.

When nominated, Prodger told Tate: “I was thinking about the importance of self-determination to histories of queer struggle. This is an encroachment on queer spaces, which is in part due to the commodification of queer aesthetic.”

The Turner Prize exhibition is at Tate Britain until January 6.