Alumnus shortlisted for the Turner Prize

(C) Tris Vonna-Michell / Turner Prize

(C) Tris Vonna-Michell / Turner Prize

For the second year running, a former Falmouth student is among the nominees for The Turner Prize 2014.

Born in 1982, Tris Vonna-Michell completed his Foundation in Art & Design at Falmouth College of Arts in 2002, before continuing his studies at Glasgow School of Art and the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main. He is nominated for his solo exhibition, Postscript II (Berlin) at Jan Mot, Brussels. Through fast paced spoken word live performances and recordings, Vonna-Michell creates circuitous, multi-layered narratives. Accompanied by installations, his works often present fragments of information, detours and repetitions that are designed to confuse and enlighten in equal measure.

Director of The Falmouth School of Art, Dr Ginny Button – formerly curator of the Turner Prize and author of The Turner Prize: Twenty Years – comments: ‘We are delighted that Tris has been nominated for the Turner Prize, which draws national and international attention to new developments in contemporary British art. Making it on to the shortlist is a huge endorsement of his achievement, and – I hope – will inspire Falmouth Foundation and Fine Art students as they prepare their end of year shows. We will of course be rooting for Tris on 1 December!’

Tris is the third former Falmouth University student to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was shortlisted in 2013 and Tacita Dean in 1998. The 2014 winner of the £25,000 prize will be announced on Monday 1 December 2014.


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