Glasgow-Born Sikh Artist Jasleen Kaur Shortlisted for Prestigious Turner Prize

by Antariksh Singh

A Glasgow-born artist is making waves in the contemporary art scene with her deeply personal and evocative works that delve into her Sikh heritage and upbringing in Scotland. Jasleen Kaur, in her 30s, has been nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize for her solo exhibition titled ‘Alter Altar’ at Tramway contemporary arts venue in Glasgow.

Kaur’s exhibition has caught the attention of the art world for its innovative approach to exploring themes of cultural inheritance, solidarity, and autobiography. Through a captivating blend of sound and sculpture, she breathes life into everyday objects associated with her family life and community struggle.

The Turner Prize 2024 shortlist highlights Kaur’s unique artistic vision, praising her for orchestrating objects like family photos, a vintage Ford Escort adorned with a giant doily, and even the quintessentially Scottish Irn-Bru into immersive sculptures that speak to her upbringing in Glasgow’s Sikh community.

Joining Kaur on the shortlist are artists Pio Abad, Claudette Johnson, and Delaine Le Bas, each celebrated for their contributions to contemporary British art. The winner of the Turner Prize will receive GBP 25,000, with GBP 10,000 awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists.

Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain and chair of the Turner Prize jury, expressed excitement over the diverse and dynamic shortlist, noting that all four artists bring a unique perspective to the table. He emphasized the role of contemporary art in fostering public debate and understanding, particularly around issues of identity and memory.

As the Turner Prize celebrates its 40th anniversary, the upcoming exhibition at Tate Britain promises to showcase the vibrant talent of British artists. From September 25 to mid-February 2025, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the works of Kaur and her fellow nominees, experiencing firsthand the power of art to captivate, surprise, and move audiences.

Established in 1984 and named after the radical painter JMW Turner, the Turner Prize continues to push the boundaries of contemporary art, serving as a platform for emerging talents and sparking conversations about the ever-evolving landscape of British artistic expression.

Antariksh Singh

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