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Farron: 'Congratulations to the Turner Prize winner'

December 3, 2013 11:51 AM

Tim in WestminsterSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has congratulated Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost and heralded her win as 'inspired by South Lakeland' as her work explored the lasting legacy of the artist who lived in Ambleside before his death.

Prouvost was awarded the £25,000 prize yesterday evening in Derry/Londonderry. Her piece, Wantee, takes the audience in search of her fictional grandfather. Displayed at Tate Britain's Schwitters in Britain exhibition earlier this year - the work was commissioned to explore the lasting legacy of the German artist. Wantee was Schwitters' nickname for his partner, who liked to offer him frequent tea.

Prouvost beat humorous artist David Shrigley, painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and performance artist Tino Sehgal to take the £25,000 prize. A new mum, the artist gave thanks as she accepted the award on stage alongside her new-born baby, adding that: 'I hope my granddad is hearing us now.'

Tim said: "I'd like to give my congratulations to Laure. It is wonderful to hear that her project was explored the legacy of Kurt Schwitters. That legacy still inspires artists and is still a major draw for creative people to come to our area and see his life and work."