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Turner Prize 2019 winner revealed at Turner Contemporary, Margate

There was a surprise twist as the winner of the Turner Prize was announced this evening.

After a discussion among themselves, all four shortlisted artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani, formed a collective and were all announced as the winners.

Tai Shani. Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Lawrence AbuHamdan all recieved the prize money
Tai Shani. Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Lawrence AbuHamdan all recieved the prize money

The decision was revealed by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful OBE as he opened the envelope expecting to reveal a single winner, in a ceremony at Dreamland in Margate.

The judging panel, made up of gallery directors, curators, critics and writers, had agreed to let this happen for the first time.The winning artists areLawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani.

Explaining the decision, Helen Cammock said: "When there is already so much that divides people we feel strongly motivated to use the occasion of the prize to make a collective statement in the name of commonality, multiplicity, in solidarity, in art as in society."

Each one had created work which used elements of the exhibitions they were nominated for.

Oscar Murillo, whose work reflects on his own experience of displacement and the social fallout of globalisation, was the Bookies' favourite to win. He had incorporated huge canvasses to represent the darkness of the contemporary world. Passengers on a Southeastern train earlier this week also got a preview as he took figures for part of his exhibition on board.

Abu Hamdan, whose work investigates crimes that have been heard and not seen, has used video installation while Helen Cammock, who was shortlisted for her solo exhibition The Long Note highlighting women in the civil rights movement, brings together many different voices.

Every other year, Turner Prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. It was the first time the prize, named after artist JMW Turner, had been at a venue with a connection to the artist himself.

Artist Tracey Emin had personally given her backing to Margate's bid to host it.

The Turner Prize 2019 exhibition of the four artists' work will be at Turner Contemporary until Sunday, January 12, 2020, and is free. Find out more at turnercontemporary.org

Tune in to KMTV tomorrow to see an interview with the winner.

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