Shocks still high on Turner Prize list

Drawings of human excrement having sex in public have gone on show at Tate Britain – alongside performances by a bearded female artist who lives in a nudist colony and changed her name to Spartacus.

The works are featured in this year’s Turner Prize exhibition by the four artists who have been shortlisted for the controversial art prize.

Northumberland-born Paul Noble, 48, has displayed his drawings of a fictional city, Nobson Newton, whose inhabitants are living excrement and in some scenes engage in orgies.

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Spartacus Chetwynd, 38, who lives and works in a south London nudist colony, has choreographed two live performances. In one, members of the audience are invited to lie down prostrate before an “oracle” puppet who whispers predictions such as “you face a loveless future” and “beware of Dave”.

Chetwynd changed her name from Lali in tribute to the Roman gladiator on her 33rd birthday.

The two other shortlisted artists are Glaswegian Luke Fowler, 34, who shows a film about Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing, and Londoner Elizabeth Price, 45, a former member of 1980s pop band Talulah Gosh, whose film The Woolworths Choir Of 1979 features the blaze that took place in the Manchester store.

The Turner Prize, which goes to an artist under 50, born, living or working in Britain, will be awarded on December 3.

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