Turner Prize non-demo 29 Sep 2014 Stuckist
Stuckists have long been a thorn in Tate's side over their opposition
to the Turner Prize in a bid to "restore dignity to the national
museum of British art". But 2014 may be the end of an era. In
a shock move, after 14 years of protests they have issued their "regrets"
that there will be no demonstration this year. The group, which was
set up to promote contemporary figurative painting in 1999, has put
the protest on ice because the entrants are so "instantly forgettable"
and adding the prize was "not worth bothering about". The
co-founder Charles Thomson (above) told the Diary that this may be
it: "I suspect we may not be demonstrating again."The group
will be present on the night of the awards in December, handing out
leaflets explaining why they are not protesting. Thomson said the
group had performed an important function in questioning the prize,
and added the dream was "the protest itself could one year be
one of those on the shortlist".
Turner prize has hit new lows this year. If this competition is to
continue, the Tate must look again at how it is run and who the judges
are. Even the Stuckists, a group set up 15 years ago to promote that
old-fashioned art form, painting, have decided not to demonstrate,
as they have done since 2000 outside Tate Britain, where the prize
is awarded on December 1. They sent me a nice little postcard, stating
that it has sunk to such a predictable and pathetic level of elitist
repetition that it is not worth bothering about".
Stuckists not demonstrating in protest against the Turner Prize Evening Standard (3.9.14)
Facebook event here
Art Now and Then article on Jane Kelly here (16.11.14)
worlds most vocal champion of figurative painting"
Some old material previously on this page is now here (opens in separate window).
back to top