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Northern Ireland art group Array Collective wins 2021 Turner prize

Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain and chair of the judges, said the Array artists “make their work in a difficult, divided sectarian context.

The prestigious £25,000 prize was awarded at a ceremony at Coventry Cathedral on Wednesday evening.

The group’s nominated work for the prize, The Druithaib’s Ball, is an installation centred on an imagined shebeen – an illicit drinking den – with a floating roof made from banners created for protests and demonstrations.

This year’s focus on collectives rather than individuals was “absolutely linked to the collectives’ social commitments and community engagement.

But their work related to a “genealogy of performance art within the visual arts.

B.O.S.S is a London-based collective formed in 2018 by and for queer, trans and intersex black and people of colour.

Gentle/Radical, established in the community of Riverside in Cardiff in 2016, describes itself as “an artists-and-others-run project” with an ethos that “the marginal is our mainstream”.

The £25,000 prize was presented by Pauline Black, the lead singer of the 2 Tone pioneers the Selecter.

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