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- This year’s winning nomination looks set to continue the trend as judges of the prestigious contemporary art prize have widened the definitions of contemporary art, choosing an architectural collective as the winner for the first time.
- At the Turner Prize exhibition they showcased their work through a showroom of a social enterprising workshop set up in Granby to help the community.
- The 16 core members of the collective attended the ceremony on Monday night to receive the prize cheque of £25,000.
- Assemble was awarded the prize for their work refurbishing 10 houses in Granby, Liverpool, an area which had fallen into disrepair.
- Jewish founding member of the collective, Paloma Strelitz, said the group was surprised to be nominated, adding: “We sit between disciplines.
- The UK’s Turner Prize for 2015 has been won by Assemble, a collective group of architects that has restored derelict houses.
- The Turner is the leading award in British contemporary art, and arguably Europe’s most prestigious contemporary visual art prize, and Assemble is its first winner from the architecture and design field.
- Alex Farquharson, director of Nottingham Contemporary, has been appointed the new director of Tate Britain.
- Assemble was nominated both for this “Granby Four Streets” project as well as others.
- The total prize pool for the Turner is £40,000 (about $60,300).