Turner Prize winner gets £60,000 commission for new Ashmolean artwork

The Oxford Times: Elizabeth Price, left Elizabeth Price, left

OXFORD’S Ashmolean Museum is home to a host of objects – from Egyptian artefacts to Renaissance art – but soon it will also exhibit a piece of contemporary “moving image” art by a Turner Prize-winning artist.

Elizabeth Price, who has been artist-in-residence at Harwell’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, has been given £60,000 to create a new work inspired by the collections at the Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Once completed it will be acquired by the Ashmolean, in Beaumont Street, and exhibited in autumn 2015.

Ms Price, pictured, who studied at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, said: “I’m so happy to win this prize. The very generous commission budget will enable me to make an artwork that would be otherwise impossible to realise.”

Ashmolean director Prof Christopher Brown said: “It gives us a rare and unique opportunity to work with our colleagues at the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Ruskin School of Art, and an acclaimed contemporary artist on a new and challenging project.”

The £60,000 commission, which was awarded by the Contemporary Art Society, is one of the biggest art prizes in the UK.

Ms Price won the Turner Prize in 2012 for a film inspired by a fire in a Woolworths store in Manchester.

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