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Assemble re-creates workshop for new Turner Prize show

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An exhibition by the artists shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize has opened at Glasgow’s Tramway arts venue

The exhibition includes work by emerging architectural stars Assemble – the first architecture practice to be nominated for the £25,000 prize.

The 18-strong collective has been nominated for the prestigious art prize for its work at Granby Four Streets in Toxteth, Liverpool where the outfit had worked with local residents to save, revamp and re-imagine a cluster of 1900 terraced houses earmarked for demolition by the council.

In an attempt to improve their surroundings local residents planted ivy to climb around the abandoned buildings, painted curtains onto boarded up windows, and established a community market and a community land trust.

Assemble has worked with this community land trust to refurbish ten of the houses providing community-owned affordable housing.

For the Turner Prize exhibition Assemble has created a showroom to launch the Granby Workshop – a project aiming to bring small-scale manufacturing back to the Granby Four Streets area.

On display is a range of materials, products and samples which will be created in a workshop created in one of the abandoned shops on the street.

The objects cover the surfaces of the showroom telling a visual story of the ongoing project.

Assemble is up against three London-based female artists: Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers.

The Turner Prize, which was established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under 50 years of age for an outstanding recent exhibition or other presentation of work.

Last year’s accolade was picked up by the relatively unknown Glasgow-based film-maker Duncan Campbell.

The winner of the prize will be announced on 7 December during a ceremony at the Tate Modern in London.

The exhibition runs from 1 October to 17 January 2016 at Tramway in Glasgow.

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  • chris Dyson

    This is a fantastic achievement reinforcing architecture as an art form in the public eyes is a very good thing for architecture in this country let us all vote for their success!

    Congratulations to Assemble.

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  • Geoff Haslam

    I recently visited the Granby4Streets project with the Academy of Urbanism Great Street Award assessment team. We were delighted to see how the combined artist/architect relationship with the local community was bringing forward stylish affordable regeneration in terms of not only cost-effective refurbishment but also creating work/training opportunities and fostering the creativity of local people. A really admirable and successful endeavour for artists and architects. Assemble get my vote!

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