Every year the Tate Gallery in London awards the Turner Prize to Britain’s weirdest artist. The award is £25,000 and there are four finalists exhibiting their work:

  • Paul Noble – drawings of his invented city “Nobson Newtown” and scatological sculptures (poo statutes).
  • Spartacus Chetwynd – medieval morality plays with characters dressed like trees.
  • Luke Fowler – a film covering the life and work of maverick Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing (1927-89), and photographs of people in everyday poses.
  • Elizabeth Price – a film in three parts, The Woolworths Choir of 1979, about a fire in 1979 that killed 10 people set to the music of girl pop bands.

The winner is selected on December 3, 2012.

Photos of their work and a video of the exhibitions with Adrian Searle.


Intricate drawing of Nobson Newtown by Paul Noble. (source: Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features)


Scatological sculpture (poo) from the people of Nobson Newtown, previous illustration in the background. (source: Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features)


An inflatable slide as part of the exhibition – Spartacus Chetwynd. (source: Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features)


The Tree People – Spartacus Chetwynd. (source: Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features)


Luke Fowler self-portrait. (source: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)


Film, the Woolworths Fire of 1979 – Elizabeth Price. (source: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)


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