Fine Art Graduate Clodagh Lavelle Wins Turner Prize

2 Dec, 2021

Clodagh Lavelle, a Fine Art graduate from TU Dublin School of Creative Arts, is a member of the Belfast-based Array Collective that has won the Turner Prize. Clodagh graduated from TU Dublin in 2003.

The Array Collective was announced at a ceremony in Coventry Cathedral, in partnership with Tate and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. The £25,000 prize was presented by Pauline Black, the lead singer of 2 Tone pioneers, The Selecter, during a live broadcast on the BBC. A further £10,000 was awarded to each of the other nominees. This year the Turner Prize exhibition is being held at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry as a highlight of its City of Culture year.

The jury awarded the prize to Array Collective for their hopeful and dynamic artwork, which addresses urgent social and political issues affecting Northern Ireland with humour, seriousness and beauty. The jury was impressed with how Belfast-based Array Collective was able to translate their activism and values into the gallery environment, creating a welcoming, immersive and surprising exhibition. The jury commended all five nominees for their socially engaged artworks and how they work closely and creatively with communities across the breadth of the UK. The collaborative practices highlighted in this year’s shortlist also reflect the solidarity and generosity demonstrated in response to our divided times.

The exhibition of the five shortlisted collectives at The Herbert Art Gallery & Music continues until 12 January 2022. Entry is free. Read more about the Turner Prize 2021.

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