One of the four artists nominated for the 2014 Turner Prize is Canadian, Ciara Phillips. Carpets and rugs feature within her practice referencing hand crafted creativity.
In it’s thirtieth year, the shortlist for the prestigious £25,000 prize eschews established names and looks ‘to the future’. Phillips lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland, often producing collaborative work with her peers and social activist groups that investigate forms that have traditionally ‘occupied the margins’. Included in this is craft and design. She was selected for the Turner Prize following her solo show WORKSHOP (2010 – ongoing) at Showroom, London in 2013. There she presented a new print based installation alongside a temporary screen printing workshop.
Her 2012 show Start with a practical idea at Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich followed a residency there, and contained minimally geometric colourful prints made with coarse wooden planks on fabric hanging in the centre of the space. The show also included screen prints and photography which she sees as being just as related and interconnected as work which usually falls under the separate brackets of ‘art’ and ‘craft’
The Turner Prize exhibition will show at Tate Britain, London 30 September 2014 to 4 January 2015 with the winner announced 1 December 2015.