Lubaina Himid is first woman of colour to win Turner Prize

Lubaina Himid is first woman of colour to win Turner Prize

Artist Lubaina Himid, 63, was awarded the Turner Prize, becoming the oldest victor and first black woman to win the coveted art award.

The Turner Prize award money is 40,000 pounds ($54,000), with 25,000 pounds going to the victor and 5,000 pounds each for the other short-listed artists.

The awards ceremony took place at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, Yorkshire, marking the city's status as the UK's current capital of culture. The award was presented by the British DJ Goldie.

In the past, the prize has been viewed as a vehicle for younger artists, but it has moved in a new direction this year, with two nominees over 40 and the other two short-listed artists in their 50s and 60s.

Lubaina Himid has been crowned this year's Turner Prize victor, beating Rosalind Nashashibi, Hurvin Anderson, and Andrea Buttner to take home the £25,000 prize money.

Speaking about the age limit being increased before the victor was announced Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain and chairman of the jury, said: "The Turner Prize has always championed emerging artists - it has never been a prize for long service but for a memorable presentation of work in that year".

Founded in 1984, the annual Turner Prize is regarded as the UK's most important art award.

The exhibition has proved one of the most popular in Turner Prize history, attracting 90,000 visitors to date.

"They awarded the prize to Lubaina Himid for a trio of outstanding shows in Oxford, Bristol and Nottingham". As a key figure of the Black Arts Movement, Himid has consistently foregrounded the contribution of the African diaspora to Western culture. Among her best-known works is the painting "Modern marriage" (1987), where sarcasm joins with social and political denunciation, observes the newspaper, El Mundo. The jury noted Büttner's unique approach to collaboration and her exploration of religion, morality and ethics, articulated through a wide range of media including printmaking, sculpture, video and painting. No, she lives and works in Preston, Lancashire, where she's a professor of contemporary art at the local university. Her films use the camera as an eye to observe moments and events, contrasting reality with moments of fantasy and myth.