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Elizabeth Price wins the Turner Prize, government arts policies receive sharp criticism

Elizabeth Price has won the Turner Prize for HERE, her exhibition at the Baltic, Gateshead staged in February. The £25,000 prize was presented by the actor Jude Law who, in his introduction, attacked the government's arts education policy, fearing that "fewer and fewer schools will provide learning opportunities in the arts, thanks to an act of government cultural vandalism" – a criticism of the decision to leave arts subjects out of the English baccalaureate qualifications for 16-year-old schools students. Price seconded Law's statement, saying that public arts funding had been essential to the development of her video practice. Price also paid tribute to Michael Stanley, the director of Modern Art Oxford and prize judge, who died, having apparently taken his own life, earlier this year. The other nominees were performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd, Paul Noble, and filmmaker Luke Fowler.

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