Sculpture and Sound Artist Susan Philipsz Takes 2010’s Turner Prize

12/07/2010 9:49 AM |

Susan Philipsz wins Turner Prize

The U.K.’s foremost contemporary art award, the Turner Prize, and the £25,000 that come with it were handed to Susan Philipsz in a ceremony at London’s Tate Britain yesterday, where the accompanying Turner exhibition (with the other eligibles Angela de la Cruz, Dexter Dalwood and Otolith Group) featured her winning sculptural sound installation “Lowlands” (pictured). Ironically enough for a sound artist, the Guardian reports that the ceremony during which Philipsz was awarded the Turner was inaudible to those in attendance, drowned out by the noise of student protesters rallying against the British government’s ongoing cuts to arts and art education programs.

Philipsz—whose show you might have seen at New York’s Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, which represents her States-side, back in March—encouraged the student demonstrators to keep at it: “My heart goes out to them. I really support them.” Video of the ceremony below.