Veronica Ryan has been awarded The Turner Prize 2022 at a ceremony at St George’s Hall, Liverpool.
The £25,000 prize was presented by musician Holly Johnson during a live broadcast on the BBC. A further £10,000 is awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists.
The jury congratulated all four nominated artists for their strong and varied presentations which have offered visitors a rich sensory experience. All have pushed the boundaries of material exploration through unravelling the complexities of body, nature and identity. They awarded the prize to Veronica Ryan for the personal and poetic way she extends the language of sculpture. Her recent practice combines found and usually forgotten objects and crafted materials, underpinned by interconnecting themes such as displacement, healing and loss. They praised the noticeable shift in her use of space, colour and scale both in gallery and civic spaces.
One of the best-known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. The shortlisted artists for 2022 were: Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan and Sin Wai Kin.
The members of the Turner Prize 2022 jury are Irene Aristizábal, Head of Curatorial and Public Practice, BALTIC; Christine Eyene, Lecturer in Contemporary Art, Liverpool John Moores University; Robert Leckie, Director, Spike Island; and Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery. This year’s jury was co-chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain; and Helen Legg, Director of Tate Liverpool.
An exhibition of the four shortlisted artists is at Tate Liverpool until 19 March 2023. This year Turner Prize is held at Tate Liverpool to mark 15 years since the prize was first held in the city. Tate Liverpool was the first gallery outside London to host the prize in 2007 when it helped launch the city’s year as European Capital of Culture. Entry to the exhibition is free.
The Turner Prize 2022 is supported by BNP Paribas with additional support from Taylor Wessing, Avanti West Coast, Mylands, Sennheiser, The John Browne Charitable Trust, The Uggla Family Foundation and Roisin and James Timpson OBE.