Censored eroticism among Turner Prize nominees

The Tate installation "Workshop (2010 - ongoing) 2013"  by Ciara Phillips who is a nominee for the 2014 Turner Prize
The Tate installation "Workshop (2010 - ongoing) 2013" by Ciara Phillips who is a nominee for the 2014 Turner Prize
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An artist whose work has featured erotic images with the explicit details sandpapered away and another who narrates slideshows are up for this year’s Turner Prize.

Nominees for the annual award also include a screen printer who has used her work to highlight the plight of poorly paid cleaners and a film-maker whose subjects have included the car manufacturer John DeLorean.

The £25,000 winner from the four-strong shortlist will be announced on December 1 at a ceremony at Tate Britain in London, which will also house an exhibition of works by the nominees.

The 2013 exhibition was staged in Derry/Londonderry as part of its city of culture celebrations, where it was free to veiw.

However, tickets for this year’s exhibition, which opens on September 30, will cost £11.

James Richards, the youngest artist on the list at the age 30, is nominated for his work exhibited at the Venice Biennale. It included the film Rosebud where the Cardiff-born artist took shots of censored books in a Tokyo library in which raunchy photos had been doctored to remove any close-up details.

Tris Vonna-Michell, 31, is noted for his semi-improvised presentations, often using slide projections, for a pre-arranged period, with an egg-timer to let him know when he has reached his limit.

Screen-printer Ciara Phillips, 37, often transforms her exhibition spaces into workshops and sometimes works with community groups, which have included Justice For Domestic Workers, creating banners and posters.

Film-maker Duncan Campbell has been nominated for his presentation It For Others featuring archive material as well as new footage, including a new dance work by choreographer Michael Clark.

Penelope Curtis, the director of Tate Britain and chair of the jury, said: “The four shortlisted artists share a strong international presence and an ability to adapt, restage and reinterpret their own and others’ works, very often working in a collaborative social contexts.”

Dr Curtis said that although none of the nominees had a particularly high mainstream profile, the awards were “a chance to bring out some of the smaller names that the art world has been talking about to a wider public”.

Ms Curtis said the exhibition was expensive to mount so it was not possible to drop the charge.

“It’s more tenable to have an admission fee although we would rather it were free,” she said.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Turner Prize, which aims to promote public discussion in contemporary art. It is awarded to a British or British-based artist under 50 for outstanding work in the previous 12 months.