Shebeen culture wins Turner Prize

Array Collective, the Belfast co-operative of 11 artists whose nominated work, The Druithaib’s Ball, is an installation centred on an illicit Irish drinking den described as “a place to gather outside the sectarian divides”, has won the 2021 Turner Prize.

The presentation of the £25,000 prize was made last night at the Herbert Museum & Art Gallery in Coventry, this year’s City of Culture, where the Turner Prize exhibition is also being held.

The four runners-up - Black Obsidian Sound System, Cooking Sections, Gentle/Radical and Project Art Works – each won £10,000.

The jury said Array Collective had impressed with their “hopeful and dynamic artwork” which addresses urgent social and political issues affecting Northern Ireland with wit, seriousness and charm, and how they were able to transfer their activism and values into the gallery environment.

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