Meet the judges
In 2019, entries were assessed by our judging panel according to the criteria laid out in the brief to artists. Together, they looked for artists who showed significant potential, an original voice and exceptional artistic talent.
Gavin Turk (b. 1967) is a British-born, international artist. He has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art.
In 1991, the Royal College of Art refused Turk a degree on the basis that his final show, Cave, consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence, ‘Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91'. Instantly gaining notoriety through this installation, Turk was spotted by Charles Saatchi and was included in several YBA exhibitions. Turk’s work has since been collected and exhibited by many major museums and galleries throughout the world.
Prestel published Turk’s first major monograph in 2013, showcasing more than two decades of his work and in 2014 Trolley Books published This Is Not A Book About Gavin Turk, which playfully explores themes associated with the artist’s work via thirty notable contributors.
Turk has recently been commissioned to make several public sculptures including L'Âge d'Or (2016), sited on the south corner of the Press Centre building in the Olympic Park and Nail, a 12-meter sculpture at One New Change, next to St Paul’s Cathedral in London, England.
Meet the curator
The 2019 finalists' work was curated at the Saatchi Gallery by Garth Gratrix. Garth Gratrix is an internationally exhibiting artist, curator and director based in the North West. Garth works in favour of the artist as part of wider strategic developments that consider and impact on culture, people and place. From Gallery installations, site specific interventions, residencies, research and engagement programmes to large scale festival production, Garth has an open and progressive way of producing collaborative platforms for art.