Tuesday, 12 May 2015

AJ news: Assemble shortlisted for Turner Prize














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East London architecture collective Assemble has been named on the 2015 Turner Prize shortlist
The 18-strong practice of emerging designers and artists (pictured below) has been nominated for its work with local residents in regenerating the rundown Granby Four Streets estate in Liverpool.
It is the first time an architecture practice has been nominated for the prestigious arts award, which comes with a £25,000 top prize.
‘In an age when anything can be art, why not have a housing estate?’ judge Alistair Hudson told The Guardian.
After fighting demolition plans, locals formed a community land trust and brought in Assemble to help improve the houses and neighbourhood.
According to the practice, ‘the approach is characterised by celebrating the value of the area’s architectural and cultural heritage, supporting public involvement and partnership working, offering local training and employment opportunities and nurturing the resourcefulness and DIY spirit that defines the four streets.’
The emerging firm is up against three London-based female artists: Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel, and Nicole Wermers.
The Turner Prize, which was established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under 50 years of age for an outstanding recent exhibition or other presentation of work.
Last year’s accolade was picked up by the relatively unknown Glasgow-based film-maker Duncan Campbell.
The winner of the prize will be announced at an award ceremony on 7 December 2015.
The free exhibition will run from 1 October to 17 January 2016.