Lubaina Himid Wins the Turner Prize 2017

Words by My Art Guides Editorial Team
December 6, 2017

British artist Lubaina Himid is the first woman of color and the oldest artist ever to win the Turner Prize, Britain’s most prestigious art award.

The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born artist – whose work deals with themes of cultural history, race and black identity – grew up in London and lives in the northern city of Preston.
In her acceptance speech broadcast live on the BBC, Himid thanked the Turner Prize jury and her supporters. “To the people who have stopped me in the streets of Preston and Hull to wish me luck—thank you, it worked,” she said.

Lubaina Himid was born in 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She is a contemporary African artist and Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire in the north west of England. Her art focuses on

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