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Hallam Alumna Shortlisted For Turner Prize

Thursday 25 May 2017

Sheffield Hallam University alumna, Rosalind Nashashibi, has been shortlisted for Tate Britain’s hugely prestigious Turner Prize - won in the past by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor.

The Palestinian-British artist graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1995 with a BA in Fine Art - a time when art students were based at the now legendary Psalter Lane art campus.

Rosalind favours film and print mediums and her work depicts everyday life in urban environments.

She was nominated for her 2015 work Electrical Gaza which observes domestic life in Gaza, images of families and friends which are - "stark reminders of the political conditions" of the region.

As well as Nashashibi, this year’s nominations include Lubina Himid, Hurvin Anderson, and Andrea Buttner - a shortlist that was met by critics as being unexpected and refreshing.

A change to the rules saw, for the first time, artists over 50 nominated and this year the shortlist recognises three women, two painters and two over-50s. All have origins or parentage from outside the UK.

The Turner Prize was created in 1984 to celebrate contemporary art in Britain. Every year, four artists are nominated by an independent panel and the winner gets a grand prize of £25,000.

This year's prize will leave Tate Britain to be handed at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the UK City of Culture for 2017 from September.

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