Video artist Elizabeth Price received the 2012 Turner Prize in a ceremony hosted last night by actor Jude Law at the Tate Britain. She won the £25,000 (over $40,000) award based on her exhibition “Here,” which was shown at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and commented on the decline of arts education. Jude Law called this "cultural vandalism," and as Price went on to explain,
“It’s incredibly depressing that a young girl going to a comprehensive school in the autumn might not be able to imagine that she could be an artist, and might not have the opportunities I’ve had to fulfill that."
Law went on to say that,
“Art education should be available to all. If we deprive a generation of cultural skills, we’ll lose a generation of cultural leaders, of artists, actors, designers, and of future Turner Prize winners.”
Congratulations to Price for winning the Prize. We imagine she'll make great use of it.