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Martin Boyce wins Turner Prize

  • Date: 12 December 2011
  • Area: North
man's head and shoulders as he accepts award on stage

Artist Martin Boyce, 44, has won the prestigious Turner Prize. Credit: PA


Sculptor Martin Boyce has won the Turner Prize, beating a strong shortlist that also included painter George Shaw, video artist Hilary Lloyd and sculptural artist Karla Black.

Photographer Mario Testino presented the 44-year-old with the £25,000 prize at the Arts Council-funded BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Tyneside. It is the first time the ceremony has not been held at one of Tate's venues.

Boyce, who is based in Glasgow, thanked his parents and his 'gorgeous wife and children', saying: 'It's amazing, I'm shocked, I really didn't expect it.'

His sculptures are inspired by modernist design history and urban landscapes, which he aims to recreate within gallery spaces.

He explained: 'It's about passing through the space and the space between the sculptures as much as the sculptures themselves.'

The Turner Prize 2011 exhibition at the BALTIC, presented in partnership with Tate, runs until 8 January 2012.