Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Art of Choosing a Winner; Mima Boss Alistair on Judging Panel for Turner Prize

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Art of Choosing a Winner; Mima Boss Alistair on Judging Panel for Turner Prize

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Byline: Mieka Smiles Reporter mieka.smilesl@trinitymirror.com

MODERN art fan? Here are just two of the creme de la creme Turner Prize nominated art works.

And mima director Alistair Hudson is on the panel of those tasked with picking out a winner.

There's an, erm, eclectic bunch of entrants for the Middlesbrough gallery boss to choose from - from an installation featuring fur coats hung on the back of chairs through to a whole housing estate...

Every year the entrants are poked fun at by the national press.

Mr Hudson, though, has championed the artists, including Assemble.

The inner city Liverpool estate of Toxteth had been "left decimated" and had become "a no-go zone" before some of its residents, inspired by the guerrilla gardening movement, formed an action group. He said: "They don't occupy the realm of the single genius solitary artist.

"This is collective activity working within society, not in the hierarchical structure of the art world. …

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