What’s the Point of the Turner Prize? 10 Things You Need to Know

To celebrate last week's Turner Prize news, we wanted to look at

the key facts about the famed British art prize ...

1/ It’s organised by Tate but named after English painter J.M.W. Turner who, surprisingly, was quite controversial in his day. He wanted to leave a legacy to help struggling young artists but the Turner Prize didn’t actually get going until 1984.

2/ It’s awarded annually to an artist who meets the Turner Prize requirements; under the age of 50 and born, living or working in Britain.

3/ The winner receives £25,000 and each runner up gets £5,000.

4/ The prize isn’t awarded for the work you see on display at Tate Britain’s Turner Prize exhibition. Each artist is nominated for an earlier show and judged purely by that.

5/ And the 2016 nominees are …  Michael Dean, Helen Marten, Josephine Pryde & Anthea Hamilton.

6/ The prize is awarded to a visual artist working in any medium - this includes painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video or even a publication.

7/ And the 2016 Winner is ...

Helen Marten

8/ Each year there is a new panel of judges, chaired by the Tate Britain’s Director. This year the panel was:

Michelle Cotton, Director, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

Tamsin Dillon, Curator

Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield

9/ If you want to see the show, Tuesday is ‘pay what you can’ day!

10/ This year’s show runs until 2nd January 2017.

Now for a few things you don’t really need to know …

Yoko Ono was doing ‘Bottoms’ in 1966. Eat your heart out Anthea Hamilton!

Tracey Emin was a loser - she was nominated in 1999 but the bed she exhibited made her famous.

The ‘Turnip Prize’ is one of many spoof art awards inspired by the Turner Prize. The Stuckists make their own annual prize in protest; ‘The Real Turner Prize’, which is awarded only to painters.

Inspired by Anwar Shemza

Walking around the Tate Britain last week we were struck by a wonderful Spotlight Display by Anwar Shemza.

Shemza moved to London from Lahore in 1956. In London he abandoned his illustrative and figurative approach that had brought him acclaim in Pakistan, he had achieved widespread recognition in Pakistan but was unrecognised in London

During his time at the Slade, a lecturer described Islamic art as purely functional and it was from that point that Shemza started his own, new style of compositions which combined calligraphy, Islamic architectural features and elements of Western abstraction. His Western influences came from artists such as Paul Klee and we loved the way he blended this abstraction with Islamic artistic traditions.

At Devas Designs we draw inspiration from many sources from sights we see on our travels to natural forms to works of art and antiques. Shemza's work reminded us of carpet designs we had seen. You don't need to own an artwork to introduce its influence into your home, if a well known work inspires you, you can draw on its colour scheme, textures and patterns to inform the look and feel of your interior.

Jennifer Manners creates beautiful modern rugs from bespoke designs. Each rug is hand made in Nepal and India by artisans who have been working in the textile industry for generations. Their previous patterns evoke middle eastern designs with a contemporary take.

Jan Kath also creates incredible designs using high quality materials such as Tibetan highland wool, Chinese silk, cashmere and nettle fibres. His rugs are also handwoven in Nepal by skilled artisans using a high density knotting technique to create wonderful textures that vary with each design. He sees his rugs as artworks in themselves, their texture and colourings have a beautiful painterly quality, they would be sure to stand out in a contemporary interior.