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By Laura Harding, PA Assistant Entertainment Editor

A group of Belfast-based artists whose work is an answer to problems affecting Northern Ireland and a collective of QTIBPOC artists (Queer, Trans and Intersex Black and People of Color), who question the norms of sound system culture in the African diaspora, are on the shortlist for the Turner Prize 2021.

For the first time in the history of the prize, the five-person shortlist consists exclusively of artist collectives, without that a single person was selected.

Recent projects by Array Collective include public works of art in support of the decriminalization of abortion in Northern Ireland, while the Black Obsidian Sound System (BOSS) uses club nights, art installations, technical workshops and live performances , including a recent 24-hour fundraising rave.

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Shortlisted are Cooking Sections, a London-based duo exploring the systems that organize the world through food. His most recent works include a sound, light and sculpture installation at Tate Britain dealing with salmon farming, as well as an ongoing installation on the Isle of Skye where an underwater oyster table turns into a communal space at low tide. Transformed dining area.

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Also in the running is Gentle / Radical, a Cardiff project led by artists, community workers, performers, faith practitioners and writers who advocate art as an instrument of social change. Their activities include Doorstep Revolution, an ongoing neighborhood story sharing project during the lockdown; and the Gentle / Radical Film Club pop-up cinema room.

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The last collective on the list is Hastings-based Art Works, a group of neurodiverse artists – people with brain differences like ADHD and autism, whose most recent projects include the 2019 film Illuminating the Wilderness, which members of the collective are following their families and carers explore a remote Scottish gorge.

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An exhibition about the work of the selected groups will be held from September 29, 2021 to January 12, 2022 as part of the 2021 British City of Culture celebrations at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry.

The winner will at an awards ceremony at Coventry Cathedral on December 1, 2021.

Alex Farquharson, Tate Britain Director and Turner Prize Jury Chair, said: “One of the great joys of the Turner Prize is the way it is how it captures and reflects the mood of the moment in contemporary British art.

“After a year of lockdown in which very few artists have been able to exhibit publicly, the jury has selected five outstanding collectives whose work is not limited to the pandemic continued but became even more relevant as a result. “

Francis Nielsen, Culture and Creative Director of Culture Coventry, added:” We are very excited to be working with the five K. ot collectives to showcase their work as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 at Herbert.

“We pride ourselves on our socially engaged program that is deeply rooted and relevant in our local communities – something that is borne out by the practice of every collective

“This selection of artists and the timing of this Turner Prize gives us the opportunity to do something really extraordinary.”

The prize, founded in 1984, is named after the radical British painter JMW Turner. The winner will receive £ 25,000 with £ 10,000 shortlisted for each other.

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