Veronica Ryan OBE Announced As Turner Prize Nominee

Veronica Ryan OBE announced as a 2022 Turner prize nominee on April 12 2022, alongside three other artists, Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard and Sin Wai Kin. These four shortlisted artist will exhibit their work at Tate Liverpool in October 2022.

Ryan OBE, who was recognised for her revered 2021 major solo show 'Along a Spectrum' at Bristol's Spike Island, her most ambitious exhibition to date as well as her Hackney Windrush Art Commission unveiled in October 2021, Custard Apple (Annonaceae), Breadfruit (Moraceae) and Soursop (Annonaceae). Ryan OBE, was the first artist in the U.K to have a permanent work celebrating and commemorating the Windrush Generation, her work consisting of a bronze Soursop and Breadfruit and marble Custard Apple references her trips to Ridley Road Market as a child with her mother.

Reflecting on the Hackney Windrush Commission,  and its place in the current discourse around public art and monuments, Ryan OBE said to The Guardian: “People are, rightly, questioning how things have been commemorated and the relevance of certain monuments. Part of addressing that is by having different kinds of work in public spaces.”

Asked about the selection process, Helen Legg, Director of Tate Liverpool and co-chair of the Turner Prize jury, said of the selection process said: ‘The result is a diverse group of artists, each with a singular vision, who impressed the judges with the intensity of their presentations, while also dealing with important issues facing our society today.’

The Turner Prize jury this year was comprised of Irene Aristzábal, Head of Curatorial and Public Practice, BALTIC, Gateshead; Christine Eyene, Research Fellow, School of Arts and Media, University of Central Lancashire; Robert Leckie, Director, Spike Island, Bristol; and Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes.

Ryan OBE's nomination announcement comes at the same time as her inclusion in ‘Quiet as it’s Kept’, Whitney Biennial, New York (6 April – 5 September 2022), and ‘A Clearing in the Forest’, The Tanks at Tate Modern, London (20 March 2022 – 1 February 2023).