Urban regenerators Assemble become first ‘non-artists’ to win Turner prize

– LSE /Urban Age, December 2015

A direct action collective described by one member as “sort of architects, sort of not, sort of maybe” has won the UK’s most prestigious art prize with an urban regeneration project. The 18 members of London-based Assemble were named winners of the 31st Turner prize on Monday night, receiving their £25,000 prize from the Sonic Youth co-founder and artist Kim Gordon at an awards dinner broadcast live on Channel 4 from Tramway, Glasgow. Assemble are the first non-artists, in the strictest sense of the word, to win the prize. They were nominated for their work tackling urban dereliction in Toxteth, Liverpool, the aim being to use art and design to improve houses and the lives of residents living in an area called Granby Four Streets.

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Three members of Assemble inside A Showroom for Granby Workshop, created for the Turner prize show
Three members of Assemble – Lewis Jones, Amica Dall and Fran Edgerley – inside A Showroom for Granby Workshop, created for the Turner prize show. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty

by Arts correspondent

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