This year, the Turner Prize nominees are made up entirely of collectives who have helped to “inspire social change through art”.
Among the five nominees for the 2021 Prize is Belfast-based Array Collective. Array Collective are a group of individual artists who join together to create collaborative work that tackles issues affecting Northern Ireland, using performance, protest, exhibitions and events. The jury commended the way the Collective’s work “fuses seriousness with humour, and addresses contemporary issues using ancient folk imagery”.
Recent projects have included public artworks in support of the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland, challenging legislative discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community, and participation in the group exhibition Jerwood Collaborate! in London.
An exhibition of nominees’ work will be held at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry from 29th September 2021 to 12th January 2022 as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 celebrations. The winner will be announced on 1st December 2021 at an award ceremony at Coventry Cathedral covered on the BBC.