Since 1984, the Turner Prize has been awarded to artists to celebrate new developments in contemporary art.  The prize is awarded each year to: ‘a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding’. And on a good year, it normally means a little ‘controversy’ – last year the prize was won by an artists dressed in a brown bear suit walking around the Tate gallery after closing. OK, and an antiwar protest piece.

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