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Turner Prize shortlist announced

The finalists are Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

The Tate has announced the shortlisted artists for its annual £25,000 Turner Prize. The nominees—Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye—work in a range of media, including film, performance, drawing and painting.

Born in 1978, Prouvost is the youngest of the group, and has been selected for her two-part installation Swallow, which was recently on view at London's Whitechapel Gallery and was inspired by a residency in Italy.

Sehgal, one of the most established artists on the list, is the first Turner Prize hopeful to be nominated for participatory, live encounters that contain no physical objects. The jury praised his interactive installations at Documenta 13 and Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

At 44, Shrigley is the oldest shortlisted artist. The draughtsman and sculptor, whose work is known for its wry humour, was nominated for “David Shrigley: Brain Activity”, his solo retrospective at the Hayward Gallery.

Yiadom-Boakye is the first black woman to be shortlisted for the prize. Last year, the Ghanaian-born, London-based portrait painter won the billionaire collector Victor Pinchuk’s Future Generation Art Prize.

An exhibition of the artists’ work is due to open on 23 October in Derry-Londonderry, as part of the city’s celebrations as the UK City of Culture 2013. The winner will be announced during an awards ceremony on 2 December.

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