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By Culturekiosque Staff

LONDON, 2 DECEMBER 2008 - Britain's important, albeit controversial, Turner Prize has gone this year to the British multimedia artist, Mark Leckey. Sponsored by Channel 4 News, the £25,000 prize was presented by Nick Cave at Tate Britain yesterday evening. This year's prize fund is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. And while in today's product-oriented, celebrity art market this is not a princely sum, the incessant mainstream media echo throughout the world is priceless for the winner.

Mark Leckey (b. 1964, Birkenhead) was shortlisted for his solo exhibitions Industrial Light & Magic at Le Consortium, Dijon, and Resident at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, which combine sculpture, film, sound and performance. The jury commended the intelligent, energetic and seductive nature of the work. With wit and originality, Leckey has found a variety of forms to communicate his fascination with visual culture. In the current exhibition of four shortlisted artists for the prize at Tate Britain, Leckey presents a group of works that focus on a series of sculptural animals including Felix gets Broadcasted 2007, Made in 'Eaven 2004 where Leckey's studio is reflected in American sculptor Jeff Koon's Rabbit, and Search Engine. Leckey also exhibits Cinema-in-the-Round 2006.

© Mark Leckey : Poster for Resident
Photo: Mark Blower
Photo courtesy of Tate Britain

The Turner Prize 2008 is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 6 May 2008. (The term British applies to all artists working in the United Kingdom and to British-born artists who may be working abroad.) The Prize was established in 1984 by the Patrons of New Art and is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art. The shortlisted artists for 2008 were: Runa Islam, Mark Leckey, Goshka Macuga and Cathy Wilkes.

Mark Leckey: Made in 'Eaven 2004
© Mark Leckey
Photo courtesy of Tate Britain

Previous winners include: 1986 Gilbert & George; 1988 Tony Cragg; 1991 Anish Kapoor; 1993 Rachel Whiteread; 1995 Damien Hirst; 1998 Chris Ofili; 1999 Steve McQueen; 2000 Wolfgang Tillmans; 2001 Martin Creed; 2002 Keith Tyson; 2003 Grayson Perry; 2005 Simon Starling; 2007 Mark Wallinger.

The exhibition of four shortlisted artists is at Tate Britain until 18 January 2009.

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