Breaking: Preston artist shortlisted for prestigious Turner Prize

A Preston artist has been shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize.

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017, 11:44 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:49 pm
EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CAN ONLY BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TURNER PRIZE 2017. Undated handout photo issued courtesy of the artist, Hollybush Gardens and National Museums, Liverpool, of a view of 'Naming the Money', 2004, part of an installation view of Navigation Charts in Spike Island, Bristol, 2017, by Lubaina Himid, who is one of the four artists shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 3, 2017. The four artists' work will be displayed in an exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations from September 26 2017 until January 7 2018. See PA story ARTS Turner. Photo credit should read: Stuart Whipps/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Reproductions must be accompanied by the name of the artist, the title and date of work, the owner credit line, the copyright holder and photocredit; That the reproductions are not cropped, overprinted, tinted or subject to any form of derogatory treatment without the prior approval of the

One of Britain’s leading black female artists, Lubaina Himid MBE, has become the oldest person to be nominated for British art’s most high-profile award.

The Preston-based 62-year-old is eligible for the £25,000 Turner Prize after the award abolished its ban on over-50s.

The professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire made her name in the 1980s as one of the leaders of the British black arts movement - both painting and curating exhibitions of similarly overlooked black female artists.

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EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CAN ONLY BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TURNER PRIZE 2017. Undated handout photo issued by Tate Britain of Lubaina Himid, one of the four artists shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 3, 2017. The four artists' work will be displayed in an exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations from September 26 2017 until January 7 2018. See PA story ARTS Turner. Photo credit should read: Edmund Blok for Modern Art Oxford/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Reproductions must be accompanied by the name of the artist, the title and date of work, the owner credit line, the copyright holder and photocredit; That the reproductions are not cropped, overprinted, tinted or subject to any form of derogatory treatment without the prior approval of the copyright owner; That the images are only reproduced to illustrate an article or feature reviewing or reporting on Turner Prize 2017 (section 30 (i) and (ii) of the Co

Born in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Lubaina was given on MBE in 2010.

She’s nominated for solo shows in Bristol and Oxford. The Bristol show centred on larger-than-life cut-outs of 100 colourful figures - 17th Century African slave servants brought to Europe. Another work, Cotton.com, imagined conversations between the cotton workers of Lancashire and the slaves of South Carolina.

The Turner Prize judges praised her for ‘addressing pertinent questions of personal and political identity’.

The winner will be announced at the Feren’s gallery in Hull on December 5.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CAN ONLY BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TURNER PRIZE 2017. Undated handout photo issued by Tate Britain of Lubaina Himid, one of the four artists shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 3, 2017. The four artists' work will be displayed in an exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations from September 26 2017 until January 7 2018. See PA story ARTS Turner. Photo credit should read: Edmund Blok for Modern Art Oxford/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Reproductions must be accompanied by the name of the artist, the title and date of work, the owner credit line, the copyright holder and photocredit; That the reproductions are not cropped, overprinted, tinted or subject to any form of derogatory treatment without the prior approval of the copyright owner; That the images are only reproduced to illustrate an article or feature reviewing or reporting on Turner Prize 2017 (section 30 (i) and (ii) of the Co