French artist Laure Prouvost wins Turner Prize 2013 in Derry-Londonderry

By Ben Miller | 02 December 2013

French artist Laure Prouvost has become only the third non-British artist to win the Turner Prize

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Laure Prouvost, Installation view, Max Mara Prize for Women, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013)© Laure Prouvost, courtesy MOTInternational, London
Showing emotional disbelief after learning of her win in a ceremony at the current UK City of Culture, Londonderry, Prouvost dedicated her win to her imagined grandfather, through whom she had made a video homage to the work of Kurt Schwitters.

Her victory owes much to the power of a brew - a tea set and a mantric offering of tea figured repeatedly in the filmic nomination for the former winner of the Max Mara prize at London's Whitechapel Gallery.

Actress Saoirse Ronan looked after Prouvost's toddler while she accepted the award.

"I can't believe it - I didn't expect it," she told Lauren Laverne, who hosted live coverage of the announcement on Channel 4.

"We'll go dancing. The baby loves when it's noisy, she'll sleep quietly."

Prouvost called her fellow nominees - David Shrigley, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Tino Sehgal - an "incredible" group of artists.

  • Exhibition continues at Building 80/81, Ebrington until January 5 2014.

More on this year's prize:

Turner Prize 2013 shortlist revealed for Derry-Londonderry

Turner Prize 2013: Critics and commentators on Shrigley, Prouvost, Yiadom-Boakye and Sehgal

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Tino Sehgal and participants of These Associations© Courtesy Johnny Green
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David Shrigley, I'm Dead (2010)© David Shrigley, courtesy Collection Hamilton Corporate Finance Limited. Photo courtesy Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Complication (2013)© Courtesy Corvi-Mora, London / Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Marcus Leith, London
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