Turner Prize Nomination, Assemble

A collective of 18 London-based artists and architects, all under 30, were recently nominated for the Turner Prize. The Turner Prize is an annual award named after the painter J. M. W. Turner, and presented to a British visual artist under the age of 30. Since 1984, the Turner award has become the United Kingdom’s most publicized art achievement celebration. Previous recipients of the award include English artist Malcolm Morley (1984), conceptual artist Gillian Wearing (1997), and general artist Duncan Campbell (2014).

Assemble, the Granby, Liverpool re-development collective of young adults, has been working with the Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust (CLT) to refurbish ten abandoned terraced houses over the past two years. Although media has recently given Assemble a plethora of attention due to their placement as a Turner Award nominee, members of Assemble deflect credit back to CLT as the initiators of the current project. CLT began area development over 20 years ago.

Initially, the CLT began stand-alone plans to remodel the Granby houses until they realized they needed professional architectural help to make their vision become a tangible reality. Thus, the Assemble was recruited to map out and design the renovated properties. The CLT and Assemble have strong support and backing from the city. In the same area, 47 houses are being worked on by Liverpool Mutual Homes and 26 by Plus Dan. Assemble, a relatively new force to the coalition, began working on the homes in 2010. According to Lewis Jones, one of Assemble’s members, “A lot of us graduated in 2009 and were working for a year or so in different architecture practices. We wanted a way to be more hands on and test ideas out within the city, rather than being stuck behind a computer working on a small part of a very large project.”

As a collective of so many individuals, Assemble delegates work via buddy system. Two participants manage one project to improve accountability and work off of each other’s strengths. Assemble is currently involved with a number of projects, including designing a new art gallery for Goldsmiths College in a former Victorian bathhouse.

Other nominees for the 2015 Turner Award include Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel, and Nicole Wermers.

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