Spartacus Chetwynd Shortlisted For 2012 Turner Prize

Spartacus Chetwynd

Former Kensington and Chelsea College art student Spartacus Chetwynd is one of four artists shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Turner Prize.

The gifted performance artist, who described her art lectures at Kensington and Chelsea College as ‘amazing’ made the final cut for the Turner Prize for an ‘exhibition’ involving a puppet version of the story of Jesus and the criminal Barabas and a puppet ‘oracle’ who dispenses advice.

Speaking about her HNC Fine Art course at the college and a trip abroad as part of her studies, Chetwynd said: ‘My best and most treasured memories of the college are the insane, passionate, verging on hatred, intense and spirited lectures given on the history of art and the role of artists in society! Amazing, and I appreciate them still. I also had the most liberated and mental trip to Barcelona. I had a good time at KCC!’

The college’s Fine Art Department has an excellent success rate of placing students in higher education, including Goldsmiths, Slade and the University of Arts. It also has an impressive art alumni, which in addition to Chetwynd includes Seb Patane, also an International exhibiting artist, Julie Bennett who was labelled ‘one of Saatchi’s new stars’ by The Independent and Jerwood Painting Fellow, Susan Sluglett.

Artist and lecturer Erika Winstone, said: ‘I taught Spartacus while she was studying on the HNC Fine Art course prior to her progressing to The Slade. As a student, Spartacus was interested in exploring all aspects of Fine Art, and determined that she did not want to select any one area of specialism. Her consistent desire to explore, widen and mix-it-up is clearly evident in her fantastic Turner Prize show.’

Chetwynd is celebrated for her carnivalesque performances and sculptural installations, involving handmade costumes and sets, and her past work includes pieces inspired by Star Wars’ Jabba the Hutt, Planet of the Apes and Michael Jackson.

The unconventional artist has also exhibited in some of the world’s most revered art galleries from the Saatchi Gallery and The Tate to the Migros Museum in Zurich and Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin.

The winner of the Turner Prize, which is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition, will be announced on December 3.