She is also the first black woman to receive the award.
Lubaina Himid has been named the victor of the UK's prestigious Turner Prize, making history as both the oldest artist to receive the award as well as the first African woman to do so. They then awarded the prize to Lubaina Himid for a trio of outstanding shows in Oxford, Bristol and Nottingham.
Himid was announced the victor at a ceremony at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, which is now hosting the Turner Prize exhibition. "Together they offered a great summation of her practice over the last few decades and also revealed how vital her work is at the present moment", Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain and chair of the judging panel, said at the award ceremony, praising the artist for her ability to address "difficult, painful issues". At 63, the Tanzanian-born artist is the oldest of this year's nominees. She is now a professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire. Himid's work challenges the stereotypical depictions of black figures in art history, foregrounding the contribution of the African diaspora to Western culture.
Himid thanked those who gave her sustenance during her "wilderness years", The Guardian reported. "I won it for all the times where we put our heads above the parapet, we tried to do things, we failed, people died in the meantime. for all the black women who never did win it even though they had been shortlisted.it feels good for that reason", she said.
The prize is famous for launching the careers of Damien Hirst and other members of the "Young British Artists" generation.
The result, by common agreement, has been the strongest Turner Prize exhibition in years: mercifully short on tabloid-baiting antics (lights flashing on-and-off and the like), and with a strong sense of the personal experience of the artists, alongside human themes we might actually care about. Previous winners include potter Grayson Perry and "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen.
Himid was one of two artists aged over 50 on the four-person shortlist after the age limits were lifted.
Himid competed for the prize against three other artists, namely Rosalind Nashashibi, Andrea Büttner and Hurvin Anderson.