The four nominees for the Turner Prize 2015 have been announced, among which are Assemble Studio, a London-based collective of architects, artists and designers. This is the first time ever for a design studio to be shortlisted for this prestigious prize that rewards an artist’s specific exhibition or work of art of the previous year.
A team of eighteen, Assemble have been nominated for “Granby Four Streets“, a recent, ongoing urban refurbishment project carried out by Assemble and the neighbours themselves. The project’s aim is to “present a sustainable and incremental vision for the area that builds on the hard work already done by local residents and translates it to the refurbishment of housing, public space and the provision of new work and enterprise opportunities.”
The Cineroleum © Assemble
Since its foundation in 2010, Assemble have been working on projects that focus on urban regeneration and the need for social exchange in unused or neglected areas in the city. Their arguably most famous projects, The Cineroleum and Folly For A Flyover recovered an old petrol station and a forgotten space under a bridge through minimal interventions, transforming them into quality public space.
More recently they have been working on lightweight-construction structures to host artistic events and workshops, like Theatre on the Fly, commisioned by Chichester Festival Theatre, or the Yardhouse, an “affordable workspace building based in Sugarhouse Yard, funded by the LLDC as a pilot for the provision of new creative workspace in the Olympic Park.”
The Turner Prize award is £40,000, with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The rest of the nominees this year are Bonnie Cmplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers.
The winner will be announced the 7th of December in a new venue in Glasgow, the Tramway; an international art-space renowned for commissioning, producing and presenting contemporary arts projects.