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It's Turner Prize time again, with Scots to the fore

Scots feature prominently in nominees for this year's Turner Prize, with a shortlist that meets the usual standard of built-in controversy.

Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell

The final four for the UK's best known art prize includes an artist whose work has featured erotic images with the explicit details sandpapered away, another who narrates slideshows, a screen printer who has used her work to highlight the plight of poorly paid cleaners, and a film-maker whose subjects have included the car manufacturer John DeLorean.

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The main £25,000 winner from the four-strong shortlist will be announced on December 1 at a ceremony to be staged at Tate Britain in London. The venue will also house an exhibition of works by the nominees later this year.

Film-maker Duncan Campbell, who represented Scotland at last year's Venice Biennale has been nominated for his presentation It For Others, featuring archive material as well as new footage, including a new dance work by choreographer Michael Clark, from Aberdeen.

Tris Vonna-Michell, 31, is noted for his semi-improvised presentations, often using slide projections, for a pre-arranged period, with an egg-timer to let him know when he has reached his limit.

Both Campbell and Vonna-Michell studied at Glasgow School of Art, which has produced four of the last nine Turner Prize winners.

Glasgow based screen-printer Ciara Phillips, 37, often transforms her exhibition spaces into workshops and sometimes works with community groups, which have included Justice For Domestic Workers, creating banners and posters.

James Richards, the youngest artist on the list at the age of just 30, is nominated for his work exhibited at the Venice Biennale. It included the film Rosebud where he took shots of censored books in a Tokyo library in which raunchy photos had been doctored to remove any close-up details.

Penelope Curtis, the director of Tate Britain and chair of the jury, said: "The four shortlisted artists share a strong international presence and an ability to adapt, restage and reinterpret their own and others' works, very often working in a collaborative social contexts."

In addition to the main prize, there are three prizes of £5,000 for the other nominees.

The Turner celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is awarded to a British or British-based artist under fifty for outstanding work in the previous 12 months.

It aims to promote public discussion in contemporary art, and was won last year by French artist Laure Prouvost for her video installation set in a mocked-up tea party.

The Turner Prize 2014 exhibition will be staged from September 30 to January 4, and the awards ceremony will be broadcast live by Channel 4.

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